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Newswire: The Birth Of A Nation’s Nate Parker embroiled in controversy as 1999 rape case resurfaces

When Nate Parker’s directorial debut, The Birth Of A Nation, premiered at Sundance earlier this year, the dominant narrative surrounding the film was mostly about how it was going to win a whole bunch of awards come Oscars season. Now that narrative has been significantly complicated, as a dark incident in Parker’s past has come back to the surface. In 1999, when he was a student at Penn State, Parker and Jean McGianni Celestin (who received a story credit on The Birth Of A Nation) were charged with sexually assaulting a female classmate.
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