Nate Parker rape accuser’s family speaks out: some ask for privacy while others ask for more accusers to come forward.
In a statement Parker released Monday night on his Facebook page he stated he had just learned the accuser committed suicide in 2012. He spoke about his past, the accusations, the arrest and the acquittal.
Sharon Loeffler, the sister of the woman who accused Parker and Jean McGianni Celestin, of rape in 1999, told The New York Times on Tuesday evening that she did not agree with the family’s request for privacy after the case resurfaced in interviews with Parker about his upcoming film, “The Birth of a Nation.”
In a statement the woman’s family said:
“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, and we will not take part in stoking its coals. While we cannot protect the victim from this media storm, we can do our best to protect her son. For that reason, we ask for privacy for our family and do not wish to comment further.”
But the woman’s sister said that statement did not represent the sentiments of other family members or the woman herself.
“I know what she would’ve said,” Ms. Loeffler said, “and that would be, ‘I fought long and hard, it overcame me. All I can ask is any other victims to come forward, and not let this kind of tolerance to go on anymore.’” Ms. Loeffler said her sister had believed there were other victims and had been broken by the 1999 case and its aftermath. “These guys sucked the soul and life out of her.”
I wonder how many accusers will come out?