Al Sharpton Says He’s Suspicious Of Nate Parker Rape Scandal
Nate Parker has been in the news a lot lately and unfortunately for all the wrong reasons. It’s been a little over a week that Parker, who wrote, directed and stars in the hotly-anticipated film The Birth of a Nation, chronicling the slave revolt led by Nat Turner, found himself regurgitating details regarding an old rape allegation from 1999 that had conveniently resurfaced during his press run.
While many are wondering whether or not to support Parker’s film, which sold for a whopping record $17.5 million at Sundance, one man has his mind totally made up. Rev. Al Sharpton believes the resurgence of the case that was already public information for nearly a decade is simply a sabotage to turn the anticipation for the film flaccid.
“I want answers,” Sharpton told the New York Daily News. “I’m suspicious.”
The details of the rape trial show that Parker was acquitted of all charges, but it still could definitely sway the buzz, support of the film, and even award nominations, which Sharpton strongly questions—especially the timing.
“If a person is accused of a crime and is acquitted, are we now saying they should not be considered for an Oscar?” asked Sharpton.
Parker, a now 36-year-old married man and father of five, addressed the case in two various interviews so far. After finding out that his accuser committed suicide in 2012, he wrote a Facebook post:
“While I maintain my innocence that the encounter was unambiguously consensual, there are things more important than the law. There is mortality; no one who calls himself a man of faith should even be in that situation. As a 36-year-old father of daughters and a person of faith, I look back on that time as a teenager and can say without hesitation that I should have used more wisdom.
What are your thoughts? Do you agree with Sharpton’s suspicions?