Director Matthew Newton exits Jessica Chastain movie after backlash (News)


Matthew Newton

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Matthew Newton is a director, author and actor

The director of a brand new movie starring Jessica Chastain has stepped down after criticism surrounding a historical past of home abuse allegations towards him.

Matthew Newton was introduced because the director of Eve final week.

He confronted a string of allegations in his native Australia between 2007 and 2012. On Friday he mentioned he was “profoundly conscious that I’ve a duty to guide the place I’ve failed up to now”.

Chastain has been one of many main supporters of the #TimesUp motion.

The Oscar-nominated actress has not commented on Newton’s determination.

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Jessica Chastain is understood for movies together with Zero Darkish Thirty and Interstellar

Newton can be an actor and wrote the script for Eve, which has been described by Selection as a “character-driven motion film”.

In an announcement, he mentioned: “Yesterday I notified Jessica Chastain and the opposite producers on the movie Eve that I might be stepping down as director.

“Because the announcement of this movie, the responses, that are highly effective and vital, haven’t fallen on deaf ears. I’m profoundly conscious that I’ve a duty to guide the place I’ve failed up to now.

“I can by no means undo the hurt that I’ve precipitated the folks I’ve cared about and I carry that disgrace and duty with me each day.

“Over the previous eight years I’ve been working extensively with healthcare professionals to assist me overcome my dependancy and psychological well being sickness.

“For the previous six years I’ve lived a quiet and sober life. All I can do now could be attempt to be a dwelling amends and hopefully contribute to the optimistic change occurring in our trade.”

A backlash had been mounting after followers and media highlighted previous allegations towards him.

In 2007 he was convicted of assaulting actress Brooke Satchwell, however the conviction was overturned when the choose accepted Newton had suffered a “extreme depressive dysfunction”.

Three years later, he was given a two-year apprehended home violence order after his girlfriend, actress Rachael Taylor, accused him of two assaults.

The next yr he was accused of breaching the order and was instructed to stay underneath psychiatric care.

Newton’s earlier movies embody final yr’s Who We Are Now, starring Julianne Nicholson and Zachary Quinto.

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