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Things aren’t looking good for Nate Parker, and his much buzzed-about film The Birth of a Nation. Since opening up about being charged, and later found not guilty, of raping a woman 17 years ago, more details about the case, including news that the accuser committed suicide, have come out.

Tuesday evening, Variety released a story that the accuser had overdosed on sleeping pills in 2012 while undergoing treatment at a rehabilitation center. According to the magazine, who spoke with the accuser’s older brother, the trial took a major toll on her, and she had attempted suicide on two other occasions.

“She became detached from reality,” the woman’s brother, Johnny, told Variety, asking not to use his last name to honor his sister’s wishes to remain anonymous. “The progression was very quick and she took her life.”

Following the tragic news, Parker took to his Facebook page to express his shock and sadness. According to the 36-year-old actor, he did not know she had taken her life.

Parker sat down with Variety and Deadline last week in an effort to get in front of what is seemingly turning into a damning blow to his film The Birth of a Nation. According to Deadline, Fox Searchlight, which picked up the film for $17.5 million, stands behind Parker, and has been working closely with him on a media strategy.

Back in 1999, Parker and his roommate Jean McGianni Celestin (who co-wrote The Birth of a Nation with him) were charged with raping an 18-year-old female in their apartment after a night of drinking while attending Penn State University. Parker maintained that the sex was consensual, and in 2001, he was eventually acquitted. Meanwhile, Celestin was initially found guilty of sexual assault, but then the conviction was overturned after an appeal.

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Watch: Julia Roberts And Owen Wilson Give Advice To Their 10-Year-Old Selves



To say Wonder is a must see movie is an understatement! Not only will the film touch you and inspire you to be a better person, it will also entertain you from start to finish.

But don’t take our word for it. HipHollywood sat down with the film’s stars Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson who shared their excitement to bring this heartwarming story to life and how they channeled their real-life parenting skills into the role.

“I think we felt a responsibility to be authentically parents and authentically parents to these two kids, said the 50 year old mother of three. “And I think that’s why you really believe these four people are family and are really having this experience together.”

In the film based on the NY times best seller, Roberts and Wilson play the parents of a teenage daughter (Izabela Vidovic) and 10-year-old boy (Jacob Tremblay) with facial differences entering mainstream elementary school for the first time.

When asked if they had any advice for their ten year old selves, Roberts said: “I have a ten year old son and I tell him to run.”

Meanwhile Wilson says he remembers 5th grade vividly, and enjoyed having his brother Andrew Wilson at the same school to protect him. “It helped so much having an older brother who was already at the school, so that would be the advice I’d give, have a cool older brother.”

Wonder hits theaters November 17, just one day before Wilson’s 49th birthday. 

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