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Penn State alumni defend former Lion accused of sex crimes.


In news that keeps repeating itself, Penn State alumni defends a man connected to a sex crime. No, not Joe Paterno or Jerry Sandusky! This time, it’s Nate Parker, director of “Birth of a Nation.” From The Hollywood Reporter:

Four members of the Penn State community have released a statement in support of Birth of a Nation director Nate Parker and co-writer Jean McGianni Celestin, who have been at the center of controversy based on Parker’s recent statements about a rape accusation that both faced in college.

“We were present during the entire trial and ultimate exoneration of both Mr. Parker and Mr. Celestin. At the time, we were college students, staff and alumni who were deeply involved with countering the violently hostile racial climate that thrived in the Penn State community,” says the lengthy statement from LaKeisha Wolf, Dr. Assata Richards, Lurie Daniel Favors and Brian Favors.

In 1999, Parker and Celestin, both wrestlers at Penn State, were accused of rape by a female classmate. Parker was acquitted at trial while Celestin was found guilty, but his conviction was overturned on appeal. The trial transcripts have been shared in the media in recent weeks as the release of The Birth of a Nation nears, and Parker recently spoke out about the case. It also was recently revealed that the accuser killed herself in 2012.

Two of the four authors of the open letter, Lurie Daniel Favors and Brian Favors, work as officers for The Nate Parker Foundation. You can read the full letter at The Root.

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