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Nate Parker Apologizes for Being ‘Tone Deaf’ in Response to Resurfaced Rape Charge



He had been “tone deaf” in his past remarks regarding the rape charge he faced as a college student.

“The last three years have been such a learning experience for me. 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. 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.”

Spike Lee, who is in Venice to support Parker and the film, said
“He explained to me the growth he had gone through, and also the pain, and when he said that, I said, ‘Come on, brother. I’m with you. That’s why I’m here. Nate is not hiding. He’s answering the questions. And we’re moving forward.”

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Tags: apology / damage control, black celebrities, film director
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