Penn State Investigation Reveals Additional Allegations Against Nate Parker
Additional claims against Nate Parker were revealed in a state investigation into Penn’s State handling of the Jerry Sandusky pedophilia case, according to the New York Times. Parker was accused of exposing himself to a female student in his college days, claims of which his lawyer says are “completely untrue.”
Although the Birth of a Nation star has nothing to do with the Penn State Sandusky case, he's linked to a university official currently being prosecuted for covering up Sandusky’s years of sex crimes against young boys.
Parker was accused of rape in 1999, causing him to be temporarily suspended from the Penn State wrestling team. An unidentified woman claimed that Parker of exposed himself, after he was allowed back on the team. Parker would've been on trial for rape at the time of the alleged incident.
The accuser decided against filing a police report, despite being encouraged to do so by the university. As a result, Penn State dropped the investigation into her claims.
Tim Curley, one of the three accused of not reporting Sandusky, had involvement in how the university handled the exposure accusations brought against Parker. Prosecutors are working to determine if the handling of the alleged Parker incident shows a pattern of Penn State's athletics department overlooking sexual misconduct complaints.
However, Parker’s lawyer says the 36-year-old actor had no prior knowledge of the newly-unearthed report.
“This is the first Mr. Parker has ever heard of this,” David J. Matlof, told the New York Times via email. “He recognizes the seriousness of the issue, but this claim is completely untrue.”
Parker was acquitted in the rape case in which he and friend, John Celestine, were accused of sexually assaulting a fellow student. Although Celestine was convicted, the ruling was thrown out on appeal.
After the trial, Parker transferred to another university. He denies sexual assaulting the accuser, who committed suicide in 2012.