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On August 31, Parker attended a private screening hosted by Jawn Murray. The purpose of the post-movie interview was to talk about the themes and takeaways from the movie, but instead, Parker's guilty conscience commanded the conversation. The way he spoke about his allegations and previous college behavior completely contrasts his October 5 conversation with Harvey.
Here, he apologizes for his initial "knee-jerk reaction" to the story coming out. He said his comments were purely "self-serving and selfish." (His first comments on the topic were to Deadline and he said "I have since moved on and been focusing on my family and writing career.") He continues saying, "I'm not proud of the way I was when I was 19. I objectified women... my manhood was defined by how many women I could be with. I was a dog. And that was wrong. I hurt a lot of women, and this was normal for me."
This is the same interview where he blames "male culture" and "hyper-masculinity" for the circumstances that led him to be accused of raping a young woman.
In this appearance, Parker is immediately portrayed in a more positive light than many of his other interviews. The somber tone feels forced. In fact, the title of the video is casually "We are two men talking about rape." Harvey immediately asks Parker to explain what happened that night, but he says that is something he's just not willing to do, presumably because he does not remember exactly what happened that night.
He quickly shifts the spotlight from him, an accused rapist, to the media, and journalists. Admittedly, there are differing calibers of new sources, and headlines can be deceiving. However, it's seems off for Parker to act like those reporting on his acts are the ones committing a crime. He says it is a "tragedy on so many levels."
His only goal has been to "protect his innocence." Harvey finds the whole thing a bit "unfair."