On the heels of a poor box office showing for Birth of a Nation, Nate Parker is now in the midst of another controversy.
According to The New York Times, court records indicate that Penn State officials may have been lenient with Parker during his time at the university in an incident related to sexual misconduct.
As reported by The Times: Suspended from the wrestling team when he was criminally charged with rape, he was reinstated in the fall of 2000 while still facing trial. Within weeks, a female student trainer complained that he had exposed himself to her. But after she decided not to go to the police, despite the urging of the university, Penn State appears to have dropped the matter. Prosecutors are trying to assess whether the school’s handling of Mr. Parker suggests a broader pattern of inaction by the athletic department when it came to complaints of sexual misconduct, according to two law enforcement officials briefed on the investigation who are not authorized to discuss it publicly. “This is the first Mr. Parker has ever heard of this,” David J. Matlof, his lawyer, said in an email. “He recognizes the seriousness of the issue, but this claim is completely untrue.”
The Times report goes on to chronicle his time at the school and subsequent transfer to the University of Oklahoma.