US actor Nate Parker has said he is “filled with profound sorrow” at the news that a woman who accused him of rape in 1999 later took her own life.

Parker was acquitted of raping the woman while at university. But the details have re-emerged as the release of Parker’s Oscar-tipped film The Birth of a Nation approaches.

Parker said he had not been aware of the woman’s death until it was reported on Tuesday, adding he “should have used more wisdom” during that period.

The actor was 19 when he was accused along with his roommate of assaulting an 18-year-old fellow Penn State University student.

The unnamed woman said she was unconscious at the time and did not consent to having sex. Parker testified it was consensual and he and the woman had previously had sex.

He has gone on to appear in films including Beyond the Lights, Non-Stop and Red Tails.