Screen Shot 2016-08-24 at 2.22.52 PMLaKeisha Wolf, Assata Richards, Lurie Daniel Favors and Brian Favors were students when Nate Parker and his then-roommate Jean Celestin were charged with raping a woman in 1999, and have now written a lengthy statement to The Root.

“We are both dismayed and disappointed at the gross and blatant misinformation campaign regarding the events that took place during that time period,” the foursome, who were students, staff and alumni during the subsequent trial, said.

“We feel compelled to speak truth to this situation as the media has cherry-picked the most salacious elements while ignoring the actual record,” the statement from the Penn State alums continued. “We believed some 17 years ago that Jean Celestin and Nate Parker were innocent of rape and we believe that now.”
They also claim that many details of the trial are now being overlooked in the media, such as the accuser’s race as well as the heated racial climate on the campus at the time of the trial. The four also say that allegations of harassment made by the woman are untrue — especially as the pair were under strict bail conditions — despite the fact that the university eventually settled with her for $17,500 over the claims.

“Neither Mr. Parker nor Mr. Celestin were named in the civil lawsuit, neither Mr. Parker nor Mr. Celestin were ever interviewed or contacted about that civil suit — nor were they able to defend themselves in that suit and were not aware of its existence until it was settled,”

“We feel compelled to speak truth to this situation as the media has cherry-picked the most salacious elements while ignoring the actual record,” the statement from the Penn State alums continued. “We believed some 17 years ago that Jean Celestin and Nate Parker were innocent of rape and we believe that now.”
They also claim that many details of the trial are now being overlooked in the media, such as the accuser’s race as well as the heated racial climate on the campus at the time of the trial. The four also say that allegations of harassment made by the woman are untrue — especially as the pair were under strict bail conditions — despite the fact that the university eventually settled with her for $17,500 over the claims.

“Neither Mr. Parker nor Mr. Celestin were named in the civil lawsuit, neither Mr. Parker nor Mr. Celestin were ever interviewed or contacted about that civil suit — nor were they able to defend themselves in that suit and were not aware of its existence until it was settled,” Wolf, Richards, Favors and Favors claim.

Read the full statement from LaKeisha Wolf, Assata Richards, Lurie Daniel Favors and Brian Favors on The Root.

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