According to Vanity Fair the incident occurred back when the actor was a wrestler at Penn State University. Parker and his roommate, Jean McGianni Celestin, were charged with raping a classmate after a night of drinking. We were immediately reminded of the Brock Turner, Stanford case as we read the details.
|Nate Parker and Jean Celestin|
The accuser's brother recently revealed that she committed suicide because she was haunted by the incident. In court, she actually testified that she had attempted to commit suicide twice after the incident. "17-5" seems to be the actor's numbers and we're not making a Young Jeezy reference. The victim settled with the university for $17,500 shortly after the incident and 17 years later Fox Searchlight purchased The Birth of a Nation for $17.5 million at Sundance.
There are only two people that will ever know the truth, Parker and Celestin.