Eve's director, Jessica Chastain, leaves office after the assault story

<pre><pre>Eve's director, Jessica Chastain, leaves office after the assault story

Matthew Newton has stopped directing Jessica Chastain's new film, Eve, in response to the online reaction regarding his alleged assault story.

The 41-year-old Australian actor and writer issued a statement Friday saying he wants to do the right thing and take responsibility for his problems.

"Yesterday I notified Jessica Chastain and the other producers in the movie Eve that I will step down as director," he said.

"Since the announcement of this film, the answers, which are powerful and important, have not fallen on deaf ears, I am deeply aware that I have the responsibility to lead where I have failed in the past.

"I've failed in the past": Matthew Newton has stopped directing Jessica Chastain's new film, Eve, in light of the online reaction about his alleged assault story

"I can never undo the damage I caused to the people who have imported me and I carry that shame and responsibility with me every day."

Newton, who suffers from bipolar disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder, continues to explain that he has been seeking treatment for his problems.

"For the past eight years, I have been working extensively with health professionals to help me overcome my addiction and mental health illnesses," he continued.

"For the past six years I have lived a quiet and sober life, all I can do now is try to be a living amendment and I hope to contribute to the positive change that is happening in our industry."

Chastain was criticized this week for selecting Newton, who has been accused of assaulting two of his former girlfriends, to write and direct his new film.

The 41-year-old singer, defender of the Time & # 39; s Up movement and women's rights, faced an online reaction and fans said "it's especially worrisome."

Backlash: Chastain was criticized this week for selecting Newton, who has been accused of assaulting two of his former girlfriends, to write and direct his new film.

Backlash: Chastain was criticized this week for selecting Newton, who has been accused of assaulting two of his former girlfriends, to write and direct his new film.

Backlash: Chastain was criticized this week for selecting Newton, who has been accused of assaulting two of his former girlfriends, to write and direct his new film.

Newton has a long history of alleged assaults and claims of domestic violence in his home country, Australia, dating back to 2006.

After the news of the assigned role of Newton, Chastain was criticized by critics in social networks.

& # 39; Jessica Chastain, what are you doing? His new director Matthew Newton has a history of domestic and other violence, "one wrote on Twitter.

Another followed with: Hello Jessica, I say it as a great admirer of your work: the things of Matthew Newton have been especially worrisome. We would really appreciate more information about why you would choose to work with him. "

Backlash: Jessica has been criticized online, with a Twitter post: "Jessica Chastain should know better than to support an abusive man"

Backlash: Jessica has been criticized online, with a Twitter post: "Jessica Chastain should know better than to support an abusive man"

Backlash: Jessica has been criticized online, with a Twitter post: "Jessica Chastain should know better than to support an abusive man"

Another did the same with: "Jessica Chastain, what are you doing?" His new director Matthew Newton has a history of domestic and other types of violence & # 39;

Another did the same with: "Jessica Chastain, what are you doing?" His new director Matthew Newton has a history of domestic and other types of violence & # 39;

Another did the same with: "Jessica Chastain, what are you doing?" His new director Matthew Newton has a history of domestic and other types of violence & # 39;

Puzzled: An admirer was confused as to why Jessica would choose to work with Newton considering her history of alleged assaults and domestic violence claims

Puzzled: An admirer was confused as to why Jessica would choose to work with Newton considering her history of alleged assaults and domestic violence claims

Puzzled: An admirer was confused as to why Jessica would choose to work with Newton considering her history of alleged assaults and domestic violence claims

New project: Chastain, 41, defends the Time & # 39; s Up movement and women's rights

New project: Chastain, 41, defends the Time & # 39; s Up movement and women's rights

New project: Chastain, 41, defends the Time & # 39; s Up movement and women's rights

One also shared: "Matthew Newton has been convicted of assaulting several ex-girlfriends Domestic violence is inexcusable Jessica Chastain should know better than to support an abusive man like this."

Last Saturday, it was announced that Chastain had signed up to produce and star in the action thriller Eve, and had selected Newton, 41, to write and direct, as part of his own production company, Freckle Films.

Jessica and her partner Kelly Carmichael said in an official statement: "Matthew is wonderfully adept at creating complex and identifiable characters, we have been fans of his work and we are very pleased to partner with him and Voltage on Eve & # 39;

Newton also shared his enthusiasm in the project in an official statement that said: "I have always admired the work of Jessica Chastain." So, when I wrote to Eve, an intelligent, strong and incredibly capable character, she was my first immediate option to bring it to life. I feel honored and excited to collaborate with Jessica and Voltage & # 39;

Story: Newton, 41, has a long history of alleged assaults and domestic violence claims (photographed in a 2012 police photo after a fight at a Miami hotel)

Story: Newton, 41, has a long history of alleged assaults and domestic violence claims (photographed in a 2012 police photo after a fight at a Miami hotel)

Story: Newton, 41, has a long history of alleged assaults and domestic violence claims (photographed in a 2012 police photo after a fight at a Miami hotel)

Jessica's decision to select Newton has been labeled a hypocrite by some, and the Molly & # 39; s Game actress has long been a leading advocate of the Time & # 39; s Up movement and women's rights.

The Time & # 39; s Up movement aims to support women who report sexual harassment and abuse, and has received active support from Reese Witherspoon, Natalie Portman and Kerry Washington, to name a few.

Having arrived in black at the Golden Globe Awards in January, in an act of solidarity, Jessica wrote on Twitter: "I dress in black to show solidarity with my sisters and say that #TimesUp is in this imbalance of power in ALL industries [sic]& # 39;

Jessica also arrived with a t-shirt with the text "Time & # 39; s Up" # for his appearance on Jimmy Kimmel's live show in January.

"I've always made decisions, in all the work I've done, to make sure that in any film set where I'm working with people there's no doubt about whether the abuse took place or not." she told The Feed in February. "For me it is very important that I practice what I preach and that my actions follow my words."

Newton, who lives with his fiancée Catherine Schneiderman on the Upper West Side of New York, was arrested for the alleged physical assault of his former partner Brooke Satchwell in 2006.

Detention: Newton was arrested for the alleged physical assault of his former partner Brooke Satchwell (pictured) in 2006. The couple is portrayed in November 2003.

Detention: Newton was arrested for the alleged physical assault of his former partner Brooke Satchwell (pictured) in 2006. The couple is portrayed in November 2003.

Detention: Newton was arrested for the alleged physical assault of his former partner Brooke Satchwell (pictured) in 2006. The couple is portrayed in November 2003.

Son of Australian entertainment veteran Bert Newton, Newton pleaded guilty to "common assault" after prosecutors dropped three more serious charges, including an assault that resulted in actual bodily harm and harassment and intimidation of Brooke. The sentence was later overturned by a court.

In 2010, Newton's then-girlfriend Rachael Taylor filed an order of protection against her, alleging physical, verbal and emotional abuse, and entered Sydney's Northside West Clinic for treatment.

Newton was also arrested twice in Miami, Florida, in 2012, the first to trespass and resist the officers, while a second incident saw him charged with assault and resisting arrest after attacking a hotel receptionist.

After the charges, Newton entered the Betty Ford Center in California for 90 days of alcohol and drug treatment. Both issues were later dismissed under the conditions in which Matthew completes the community service and writes a letter of apology to the hotel employee.

AVO: In 2010, the then girlfriend of Newton, Rachael Taylor (pictured) presented a AVO against him, alleging physical, verbal and emotional abuse. The couple is represented in September 2009

AVO: In 2010, the then girlfriend of Newton, Rachael Taylor (pictured) presented a AVO against him, alleging physical, verbal and emotional abuse. The couple is represented in September 2009

AVO: In 2010, the then girlfriend of Newton, Rachael Taylor (pictured) presented a AVO against him, alleging physical, verbal and emotional abuse. The couple is represented in September 2009

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