Nate Parker's much heralded film, The Birth of a Nation, which reimagines the life of preacher, Nat Turner, and the slave rebellion he famously led in Virginia in 1831, should be Hollywood's celebrated darling in advance of its official October release. The film, which Parker wrote, directed, produced and starred in, wowed audiences at the Sundance Film Festival. But the resurrection of a 1999 rape case is threatening to derail a film of enormous import.
Countless cases of sexual assault have resurfaced in the last few years, with public awareness leading women to open up about experiences they had stayed silent about for too long. From Bill Cosby to Woody Allen to Roger Ailes to, now, Nate Parker, our society is learning just how many skeletons are buried in the closets of our beloved golden boys.