Gabrielle Union speaks out on 'Birth of a Nation' director Nate Parker's rape allegations

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Gabrielle Union Speaks on Rape Allegations Against 'Birth of a Nation' Director

On Friday, Birth of a Nation actress Gabrielle Union penned an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times speaking out against her co-star Nate Parker, who made headlines in August when details of his 17-year-old sexual assault case resurfaced.

Union recounted the timeline of events leading up to her decision to write the column straightforwardly: Two decades after her own rape, Union had been asked to play the role of a sexual assault survivor in Birth of a Nation — only to learn that the film's writer, director and lead actor had been accused and acquitted of sexual assault.

"As important and ground-breaking as this film is, I cannot take these allegations lightly," Union wrote.

"Rape is a wound that throbs long after it heals," she added. "And for some of us the throbbing gets too loud."

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MIAMI BEACH, FL - AUGUST 29: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Gabrielle Union arrives at their wedding rehearsal dinner at Prime 112 Steakhouse on August 29, 2014 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Olivia Salazar/Getty Images)
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MIAMI, FL - NOVEMBER 21: Ken Gorin, Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade make an appearance at the unveiling of the new Maserati Ghibli at The Collection on November 21, 2013 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images for The Collection)
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Union said that though she's read all 700 pages of the trial transcript — which detailed claims that Parker and his friend Jean Celestin, who is a co-writer on Birth of a Nation, assaulted an unconscious woman while she was intoxicated — she has no way of knowing what truly happened. Union said the case itself, and her uncertainty, leaves her with "stomach-churning confusion."

But Union is looking forward, saying she hopes she can still accomplish what she set out to do when she signed on to Birth of a Nation.

"I took this part in this film to talk about sexual violence," wrote Union. "To talk about this stain that lives on in our psyches. I know these conversations are uncomfortable and difficult and painful. But they are necessary."

She added, "It is my hope that we can use this as an opportunity to look within... and to eventually wipe the stain clean."

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Nate Parker during AFI Film Fest 2005 - 'Dirty' Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by M. Phillips/WireImage)
Nate Parker during 'Beerfest' Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals at Grauman's Chinese in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by J.Sciulli/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - NOVEMBER 02: Jurnee Smollett and Nate Parker from 'The Great Debaters' attend the Weinstein Company AFM party at Akwa on November 2, 2007 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Matthew Simmons/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 11: (L-R) Actress Jurnee Smollett, producer Oprah Winfrey, and actor Nate Parker arrive at the MGM premiere of 'The Great Debaters' held at the Arclight Cinerama Dome on December 11, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Nate Parker is an actor who appears in The Great Debaters, as one of three African American members on the winning 1930sÂera Wiley College debate team. Denzel Washington directs and stars in the film. He was photographed at The Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills on December 8, 2008. (Photo by Michael Robinson Chavez/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Nate Parker at the premiere of The Great Debaters at the Arclight Theater on December 11, 2007 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 06: Actor Nate Parker from the film 'The Secret Life Of Bees', poses for a portrait during the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival at The Sutton Place Hotel on September 6, 2008 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Matt Carr/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 06: (L-R) Actors Sophie Okonedo, Alicia Keys, Director Gina Prince-Bythewood, actors Dakota Fanning, Tristan Wilds, Jennifer Hudson, producer Lauren Shuler Donner and actor Nate Parker from the film 'The Secret Life Of Bees', pose for a portrait during the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival at The Sutton Place Hotel on September 6, 2008 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Matt Carr/Getty Images)
Actor Nate Parker speaks at the 'The Secret Life of Bees' press conference during the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival held at the Sutton Place Hotel on September 6, 2008 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Leonard Adam/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - NOVEMBER 14: Actor Nate Parker attends the annual Oxfam party at the Esquire House on November 14, 2008 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Actor Nate Parker arrives at the 40th NAACP Image Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on February 12, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images for NAACP)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 06: Actor Nate Parker and Tristan Wilds arrive at the premiere of 'The Secret Life Of Bees' held at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on October 6, 2008 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/WireImage)
Actor Nate Parker arrives at the 40th NAACP Image Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on February 12, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 17: Actor Nate Parker (L) and wife Sarah Parker attend the G-Star Fall 2009 Fashion Show at the Hammerstein Ballroom on February 17, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage for G-Star)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 16: Actor Nate Parker attends the G-Star Raw Fall/Winter 2010 fashion show at Hammerstein Ballroom on February 16, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Wintrow/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Actor Nate Parker walks the red carpet at the G-Star Raw Fall 2011 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Theatre at Lincoln Center on February 12, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Miller/FilmMagic)
(L-R) Nate Parker and Tyson Beckford attend the NY RAW Special Edition Autumn/Winter 2011 Collection presented by G-Star RAW during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Theatre at Lincoln Center on February 12, 2011 in New York City.
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 13: Nate Parker appears on the red carper for the 4th Annual Manifest Your Destiny Toy Driv at Drai's Hollywood on December 13, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 10: (L-R) Andre Royo, Tristan Wilds, and Nate Parker attend the 'Red Tails' premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater on January 10, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 20: Actor Nate Parker attends the 'Aint Them Bodies Saints' premiere at Eccles Center Theatre during the 2013 Sundance Film Festival on January 20, 2013 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 20: Nate Parker attends the TR Suites Daytime Lounge - Day 3 on January 20, 2013 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/WireImage)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 06: (L to R) Terrance Brown, Janelle Monae, Kellindo Parker and Nate Wonder pose for a photo backstage at the 2013 National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in President's Park on December 6, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 12: Actor Nate Parker attends the GQ Men Of The Year Party at The Ebell Club of Los Angeles on November 12, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Actor Nate Parker attends the premiere of Universal Pictures and Studiocanal's 'Non-Stop' at Regency Village Theatre on February 24, 2014 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 06: Actor Nate Parker arrives at the premiere of 'About Alex' at the Arclight Theatre on August 6, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
PALOS VERDES ESTATES, CA - AUGUST 29: Actor Nate Parker attends the 1st Annual Swing For Education Golf Classic Benefiting Asomugha College Tour For Scholars at Trump National Golf Course on August 29, 2014 in Palos Verdes Estates, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 06: Actor Nate Parker of 'Beyond the Lights' poses for a portrait during the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival on September 6, 2014 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by Maarten de Boer/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 06: Actors Nate Parker and Gugu Mbatha-Raw attend the 'Beyond The Lights' Premiere during the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival at The Elgin on September 6, 2014 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Leonard Adam/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 06: (EDITORS NOTE: This image was processed using digital filters) Director Gina Prince-Bythewood, producer Amar'e Stoudemire, actors Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Nate Parker of 'Beyond the Lights' poses for a portrait during the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival on September 6, 2014 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by Maarten de Boer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 13: Actor Nate Parker attends the 'Beyond The Lights' New York Premiere at Regal Union Square on November 13, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
BURBANK, CA - JANUARY 29: Actor Nate Parker attends Saudi Producer Mohammed Al Turki guest lectures at New York Film Academy on January 29, 2015 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Michael Bezjian/WireImage)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 21: Nate Parker is seen at the Salt Lake City International Airport on January 21, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by gotpap/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 22: Nate Parker attends the Stella Artois Kick-off Party in the Stella Artois Filmmaker Lounge during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival on January 22, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for Stella Artois)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 25: Writer/director/producer Nate Parker in The IMDb Studio In Park City, Utah: Day Four - on January 25, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images for IMDb)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 23: Actor Nate Parker attends the Creative Coalition Spotlight Initiative Awards Gala Dinner at Cisero's Bar on January 23, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been digitally converted to black and white.) An alternative view of Nate Parker at the SAG Indie Brunch for Directors at Cafe Terigo on January 25, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Fred Hayes/Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 25: Nate Parker attends the SAG Indie Brunch for Directors at Cafe Terigo on January 25, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Fred Hayes/Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 25: Director/actor/producer Nate Parker attends the 'The Birth Of A Nation' Premiere during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival at Eccles Center Theatre on January 25, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Sundance Film Festival)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 25: Actors Gabrielle Union (L) and Nate Parker from the film 'The Birth of a Nation' pose for a portrait during the Getty Images Portrait Studio hosted by Eddie Bauer at Village at The Lift on January 25, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Maarten de Boer/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 06: Actor Nate Parker attends the 68th Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on February 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - FEBRUARY 05: Actor Nate Parker attends the 47th NAACP Image Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 5, 2016 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 06: Director Nate Parker speaks onstage at the 68th Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on February 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for DGA)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 06: Actor Nate Parker attended the 2016 Pan African Film And Arts Festival - A Conversation With Nate Parker at Rave Cinemas Baldwin Hills 15 on February 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 06: Actor Nate Parker attended the 2016 Pan African Film And Arts Festival - A Conversation With Nate Parker at Rave Cinemas Baldwin Hills 15 on February 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 14: Director Nate Parker, recipient of the Breakthrough Director of the Year Award, attends the CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards brought to you by the Coca-Cola Company at Omnia Nightclub at Caesars Palace during CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners, on April 14, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by C Flanigan/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 14: Director Nate Parker (L), recipient of the Breakthrough Director of the Year Award, and actress Aja Naomi King attend the CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards brought to you by the Coca-Cola Company at Omnia Nightclub at Caesars Palace during CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners, on April 14, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by C Flanigan/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 26: Actor Nate Parker attends the 2016 BET Awards at Microsoft Theater on June 26, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 04: Nate Parker arrives at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Grants Banquet at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on August 4, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
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