Matthew Newton has resigned as the director of the upcoming film Eve, an action movie starring Jessica Chastain. Newton’s resignation comes just a week after the film, which he also wrote, was announced. The social media backlash decrying Newton’s role in the project stemmed from his history with domestic violence.
In 2007, the Aussie pled guilty to one count of common assault against his girlfriend at the time, actress Brooke Satchwell. In 2010, Newton was accused by his then-girlfriend Rachael Taylor of punching her in the face multiple times before having to be sedated by emergency responders. Reports indicated Taylor suffered from a concussion and sprained jaw following the incident in a Rome hotel room.
Newton, 41, released a statement announcing his resignation from the project:
Yesterday I notified Jessica Chastain and the other producers on the film EVE that I will be stepping down as director. Since the announcement of this film, the responses, which are powerful and important, have not fallen on deaf ears. I am profoundly aware that I have a responsibility to lead where I have failed in the past. I can never undo the harm that I’ve caused the people I’ve cared about and I carry that shame and responsibility with me every day. Over the past eight years I have been working extensively with healthcare professionals to help me overcome my addiction and mental health illness. For the past six years I have lived a quiet and sober life. All I can do now is try to be a living amends and hopefully contribute to the positive change occurring in our industry.
Here’s what you need to know about Matthew Newton:
1. Matthew Newton Stepped Down From ‘Eve’ Following Backlash Over His History With Domestic Violence
Newton’s resignation from directing the Jessica Chastain-starring Eve comes a week after Chastain announced the film would be developed with her Freckle Films production company alongside Voltage Pictures.
The social media response to Chastain’s choice of director was swift, in large part due to her prominent role in the Time’s Up campaign and #MeToo movement.
In January, I asked Jessica Chastain about making choices when there’s been allegations of abuse. She said this. https://t.co/cJatBvDVOx I have trouble seeing how she can justify working with Matthew Newton. https://t.co/SRNTS0zjjd
— Marc Fennell (@MarcFennell) August 4, 2018
Maybe after @jes_chastain has made her movie with Matthew Newton, she can make a movie with Brooke Satchwell and Rachael Taylor, the women he was charged with assaulting, battering and stalking. Or hire the 66-year-old taxi driver he bashed as a set driver.
— Glenn Dunks (@glenndunks) August 4, 2018
WTF IS GOING ON HERE?!? HOW IS MATTHEW NEWTON DIRECTING A MOVIE WITH JESSICA CHASTAIN?!?! WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON JFC. HE BOUNCES TO THE US & SUDDENLY ALL HIS OFFENCES ARE FORGOTTEN https://t.co/On5thUcSod
— Maria Lewis (@moviemazz) August 4, 2018
I absolutely adore you @jes_chastain , but Matthew Newton is garbage. https://t.co/oFMGMWwJqG
— Harry Cook (@HarryCook) August 5, 2018