Filmmaker Nate Parker apologizes for being 'tone deaf'

Director Nate Parker, left, and actor Shane Paul McGhie pose for photographers at the photo call for the film 'American Skin' at the 76th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)

VENICE, Italy — Filmmaker Nate Parker, who three years ago came under scrutiny for a rape allegation from college, is apologizing for his response at the time.

Speaking Sunday at the Venice International Film Festival, Parker says he was tone deaf to things in the climate and that he's learned a lot in the three years since he said he was falsely accused.

He was acquitted in the case.

Parker has debuted a new film at the festival about police brutality called "American Skin." It's his follow-up to "The Birth of a Nation," which fizzled upon release after the rape allegation came to light in 2016.

Director Spike Lee is supporting "American Skin" and says that it is a masterpiece that needs to be seen.

"American Skin" does not yet have distribution.

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