In a recent Facebook post, he said he was “devastated”. He had said:
“I can’t tell you how hard it is to hear this news,” he wrote. “I can’t help but think of all the implications this has for her family.
“I cannot – nor do I want to ignore the pain she endured during and following our trial. While I maintain my innocence that the encounter was unambiguously consensual, there are things more important than the law.”
“There is morality; no-one who calls himself a man of faith should even be in that situation. As a 36-year-old father of daughters and person of faith, I look back on that time as a teenager and can say without hesitation that I should have used more wisdom.”
“I look back on that time, my indignant attitude and my heartfelt mission to prove my innocence with eyes that are more wise with time.”
“I see now that I may not have shown enough empathy even as I fought to clear my name. Empathy for the young woman and empathy for the seriousness of the situation I put myself and others in.”
Though he was acquitted of raping the unnamed woman back in the university, it appears the case has been reopened. This is happening at the period of the release of the actor’s Oscar-tipped film-The Birth of Nation.