“I was falsely accused,” he insisted in speaking with “GMA” co-host Robin Roberts. “I was proven innocent and I’m not going to apologize for that.”
Parker and his college roommate, Jean Celestin, were both accused of raping an 18-year-old woman at Penn State University. Parker was acquitted, though Celestin was convicted of sexual assault. The conviction was later overturned.
“You have a daughter in college … what do you tell her?” Roberts asked of the rape charge.
“She knows how I feel about her and I’ve addressed it so many times,” Parker replied.
He then insisted that the focus should not be on him but on his new movie, Birth of a Nation.
“I think the important thing, you know, is this isn’t about me,” Parker said. “The story of Nat Turner as an American, as American people, the story about a man who was erased from history, at some point. I think that’s where our focus should be.”