It Is Reported that Christian Brother Nate Parker Changed His Story Three Times Before Being Acquitted

Nate Parker and Jean Celestin (Parker pictured right, and Celestin, left, in younger years with their college wrestling coach) were accused of raping another Penn State University student in Parker's college apartment in 1999.
Nate Parker and Jean Celestin (Parker pictured right, and Celestin, left, in younger years with their college wrestling coach) were accused of raping another Penn State University student in Parker’s college apartment in 1999.

The Hollywood director who has described being tried for rape as ‘one of the most painful moments’ in his life repeatedly changed his story and dismissed his accuser’s pleas for help dealing with her trauma her with the words, ‘s*** happens’.

The revelation comes in court records of the trial of Birth of a Nation actor, writer and director Nate Parker, 36, and his then college roommate, now co-writer, Jean Celestin, 36.

They were tried and cleared of raping another Penn State University student in Parker’s college apartment in 1999, where they had athletic scholarships as members of the college wrestling team.

Both men were acquitted, while the women committed suicide in 2012.

Now court documents, seen by DailyMail.com, include transcripts of several telephone conversations between Parker and his accuser.

She recorded them in the months following the night in question.

In the emotional exchanges she begs for Parker to tell her what really happened that night, asks who else was involved and reveals that she is undergoing counseling for the alleged assault which she claimed left her with an STD and took place when she was ‘drunk beyond belief’.

The alleged victim, who had also earned a scholarship to Penn State, dropped out of university in the wake of the case.

She committed suicide in 2012, swallowing more than 100 sleeping pills. She was just 30 years old. On Tuesday Parker said he was ‘filled with profound sorrow’.

But her family remains far from convinced by Parker’s sincerity.

A family member told Daily Mail Online: ‘We appreciate that after all this time, these men are being held accountable for their actions.

‘However, we are dubious of the underlying motivations that bring this to present light after 17 years.’

Daily Mail Online is not naming the alleged victim in keeping with her family’s wish to maintain her anonymity to protect her young son.

It was Parker himself who chose to address the matter in a two-hour interview with Variety last week in an attempt to ‘get ahead of the story’ that threatened to cast a shadow over the forthcoming release of his movie and its Oscar campaign.

Both Parker and Celestin were accused of raping the 18-year-old on the night of August 21, 1999, while all three were students at Penn State. The men stood trial two years later at Bellefonte Courthouse, Pennsylvania.

Parker maintained that the intercourse was consensual but testimony contained in the court records of the trial shows that he altered his story three times.

In the days following the alleged assault he told one friend that the girl was ‘extremely intoxicated’ when he and his friend, Celestin, had sex with her.

Later he told another that she was ‘drunk but not all that drunk’.

But by the time an official complaint was made an investigation started he had changed his tune entirely.

In his statement to Joe Puzycki, director of judicial affairs at Penn State University, Parker referred to the whole affair as ‘his ordeal’, that he and Celestin had ‘done nothing wrong’ and that ‘she was sober and fully aware of everything’.

Parker was suspended from the wrestling team and later transferred to University of Oklahoma.

The whole narrative is laid bare in days of testimony given in the 2001 trial and witness statements made nearer the time of the alleged assault.

There are some points on which all agree. The alleged victim met Parker through a mutual friend and had seen him the night before the night in question when he visited her in her dorm room and she had engaged in oral sex with him.

She subsequently claimed this was because she did not want to have intercourse with him and had only ever had intercourse with someone with whom she was in a relationship.

The following night, August 21, 1999, she was due to meet Parker and Celestin at the Silver Screen Grill in State College. They had made a date to meet at 10pm but Parker didn’t show until around midnight.

Believing she had been stood up the alleged victim sat in the bar, smoking heavily and according to a former member of staff, ‘looking sad’.

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SOURCE: Daily Mail
Laura Collins