Gabrielle Union Attends ‘Birth Of A Nation’ Hollywood Premiere, Opens Up About Her Role In Film & Director Nate Parker


Gabrielle Union attended the “Birth of a Nation” premiere on Wednesday night, gorgeous in a white Rodarte gown.

PEOPLE caught up with the Being Mary Jane star – who is featured in the upcoming film – on the red carpet, and she explained why she took on her role and also expressed her thoughts on director, Nate Parker.

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Gabrielle Union Speaks Out About Nate Parker Rape Allegations, ‘Birth Of A Nation’


Gabrielle Union, who stars in the upcoming film, The Birth of a Nation, penned an opinion/ op-ed for the Los Angeles Times, in which she opens up about the controversy surrounding the film’s director, Nate Parker, due to rape charges that were filed against him 17 years ago.

Gabrielle herself, was raped in the back of a shoe store she worked at 24 years ago, and in her op-ed she explains how she felt when finding out about Nate’s rape allegations, and also gives some insight on why she chose to take on her character in the film:

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