Parker, cast argue for 'Birth of a Nation' despite scandal

TORONTO (AP) " In a carefully stage-managed press conference at the Toronto International Film Festival, Nate Parker and the cast of his Nat Turner slave revolt drama "The Birth of a Nation" argued passionately for focusing on their film and not on the years-old rape allegation against Parker that has enveloped the film in a scandal from the past.

Parker was facing a roomful of press for the first time since the details of a 1999 rape allegation against him surfaced. Though Parker directed, wrote, produced and stars as Turner in the film, he urged "The Birth of a Nation" to be viewed outside of himself.

"I've addressed and I'm sure in different forms I'll address it more. The reality is no one person makes a film," said Parker.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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