“Birth Of A Nation” Filmmaker Nate Parker Admits He Handled Rape Allegations Wrong

Nate Parker, who directed “Birth Of A Nation,” says he is sorry for his approach to handling shocking allegations of rape when he was in college.

(AllHipHop News) Actor and filmmaker Nate Parker has apologized for the way he responded to his college rape drama while promoting his new film, “American Skin,” at the Venice Film Festival.

The director brought up his rape charge acquittal while promoting his 2016 film “Birth of a Nation,” prompting journalists to dig into the details and learn his alleged victim had committed suicide following the alleged 2001 incident.

Nate Parker refused to discuss the matter further in interviews and his behavior irked the media.

As a result, the controversy sank “Birth of a Nation’s” once-firm chances of picking up a string of honors during the 2016/2017 awards season.

The director stepped away from Hollywood following the drama and now he has had a chance to take stock of how he handled the controversy.

“The last three years have been such a learning experience for me,” he said during a press conference for his new film on Sunday. “I feel like I have gained so much wisdom from people in my circle.

“Three years ago I was pretty tone-deaf to the realities of certain situations that were happening in the climate. And I’ve had a lot of time to think about that, and I’ve learned a lot from it. And being tone-deaf, there were a lot of people that were hurt in my response, in the way I approached things. I apologize to those people.”

He added, “I’ve learned, I’m continuing to learn. I’m 39 years old now. Hopefully, I have a long way to go. The hope is that I can continue taking the wisdom from people who care enough… and help me to be introspective about where I am and what I’ve been through.”

Nate was supported by Spike Lee in Venice.