Jessica Chastain has attracted criticism after choosing to work with Matthew Newton on a new film.
The Mollys Game actress is among the most vocal actresses behind the Times Up and #MeToo campaigns, and has previously said that she takes any allegations made against producers, directors or actors into consideration before agreeing to work with them.
However, she is starring in and co-producing new action film Eve, which will be directed and written by Matthew Newton – who has been accused of a number of incidents of domestic violence and assault.
Newton, 41, pleaded guilty to one count of common assault in 2007 against then-girlfriend Brooke Satchell, after initially being arrested for intimidation and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
After Newtons psychiatrist said that he was unlikely to reoffend, Newtons conviction was overturned.
In 2010, his then-girlfriend Rachael Taylor took out an apprehended violence order against Newton after alleging that she was punched in the face by the actor.
The following year, he was charged with breaching the terms of the order.
After a number of arrests in 2012 for trespassing and resisting officers, Newton checked into the Betty Ford Centre for alcohol and drug addiction treatment; he has also received treatment for bipolar disorder.
After it was announced that Newton would direct Eve for Chastains Freckle Films production company, the actress and her partner Kelly Carmichael said:
Matthew is wonderfully adept at crafting complex and relatable characters. Weve been fans of his work and are so thrilled to be partnering with him and Voltage on Eve.
A number of people on social media have since questioned Chastains decision to work with someone with a history of abuse:
Jessica Chastain run away from Eve and Matthew Newton challenge
— gab (@hollygolightIy) August 3, 2018
— Laurence "Laura Dern" Barber (@bortlb) August 4, 2018
Matthew Newton has been convicted of assaulting multiple ex-girlfriends. Domestic violence is inexcusable. Jessica Chastain should know better than to support an abusive man like this. https://t.co/7Z30nKtHsx
— Countess (@countess_skanky) August 2, 2018
Chastain, 41, previously told The Feed: Ive always made choices, in all the work that Ive done, to make sure that on any film set that Im working with people that there isnt a question about whether or not abuse has taken place.
Its very important to me that I practise what I preach, and that my actions follow my words.
When asked by IndieWire earlier this year about whether his films should be included in film festivals in light of the #MeToo campaign, Newton said: It is absolutely intolerable to harm women, it is intolerable to harm men, it is intolerable to harm anyone. I had done these things, and I utterly regret it, and I have to live with this responsibility every day.
I had a severe problem with substance and alcohol abuse then and for almost six years now I have actively worked every single day, one day at a time, to remain sober and live a clean, upstanding life.
Metro.co.uk has contacted Chastains rep for comment.
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