It’s Nate Parker’s past, again. According to The New York Times, a state investigation into how Penn State officials are handling the Jerry Sandusky molestation case found that the “Birth of a Nation” director was accused of indecent exposure in 2000,
Parker was accused of rape in 1999, but was later acquitted of the charges. While he was on trial for the case, a female student trainer reported that he exposed himself to her, but she decided not to go to the police, despite urging from the university. From there, Penn State dropped the matter.
The Times reports that documents show the university may have been “lenient” with Parker, who was suspended from the wrestling team when he was criminally charged but reinstated in the fall of 2000.
While the actor and filmmaker aren’t involved in the Sandusky case, Tim Curley, one of three former university officials who are being prosecuted, is said to have “played a role in how the university dealt with the exposure complaint against Mr. Parker, according to interviews with several people, including the woman who made the complaint.”
State investigators are now looking into whether Penn State mishandled Parker’s exposure incident.
“Prosecutors are trying to assess whether the school’s handling of Mr. Parker suggests a broader pattern of inaction by the athletic department when it came to complaints of sexual misconduct,” the Times reported.
Parker’s lawyer, David J. Matlof, gave a statement to the publication: “This is the first Mr. Parker has ever heard of this. He recognizes the seriousness of the issue, but this claim is completely untrue.”