Parker is the director and star of “The Start of a Nation,” a highly-anticipated fall movie about racial injustice that has been overshadowed in latest weeks by a previous rape case.

Parker, now 36, was charged with rape whereas a pupil at Penn State in 1999. He was acquitted, and the accuser dedicated suicide in 2012 on the age of 30.

“The Start of a Nation” is a drama about Nat Turner’s slave rebel in 1831. Parker performs Turner.

Talking on the Merge Summit in Los Angeles on Friday evening, Parker stated it was “very tough to speak about injustice and never deal” with the rape prices in a public approach.

“Once I was first met with the information that this a part of my previous had come up, my knee-jerk response was egocentric,” he stated, in accordance with a report by Ebony.

In an interview with Ebony’s Britni Danielle, Parker spoke about what he referred to as “poisonous masculinity and male privilege.”

He stated his notion of consent has modified.

“It wasn’t a dialog folks have been having,” he stated. “Once I take into consideration 1999, I take into consideration being a 19-year-old child, and I take into consideration my angle and habits simply towards girls with respect objectifying them. I by no means considered consent as a definition, particularly as I do now.”

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Danielle requested Parker how he would label the incident that led to the rape prices.

“I am going to say this, I believe that [there] are extra issues than the legislation,” Parker stated. “I believe there’s having a habits that’s disrespectful to girls that goes unchecked, the place your manhood is outlined by sexual conquests, the place you commerce tales with your pals and nobody checks anybody.”

Parker stated he believes most individuals wait too lengthy to consider the consequences of “hyper-masculinity and false definitions of what it means to be a person.” Too typically, males do not perceive till they’ve children or get married, in accordance with Parker.

“In all actuality, we acquired to do higher about making ready our males for his or her interactions with girls,” he stated.

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“The Start of a Nation” acquired rave critiques on the Sundance pageant in January and was purchased by Fox Searchlight for $17.5 million. It opens in theaters on October 7.

The controversy over Parker’s previous has shadowed the film forward of its launch.

In a Facebook post earlier this month, Parker stated he was “filled with profound sorrow” when he just lately realized that the lady concerned in his authorized case had dedicated suicide.

CNNMoney (New York) First revealed August 27, 2016: three:36 PM ET