Fans Furious Over Jessica Chastain's Hypocrisy In Working With Matthew Newton

The actor has signed on to work with Newton despite his past of allegations of abuse.

Warning: this post discusses allegations of domestic abuse.

Last week it was announced that Jessica Chastain had signed on to produce and star in an action film titled Eve, to be directed by Matthew Newton, who also wrote the script.

While plot details are being kept under wraps, Netwon described the lead character as "an intelligent, strong and incredibly capable character", and stated that Chastain was his "first choice" to play the titular role.

Chastain and her producing partner Kelly Carmichael released a statement saying, "Matthew is wonderfully adept at crafting complex and relatable characters. We’ve been fans of his work and are so thrilled to be partnering with him and Voltage on Eve".

Fans were less thrilled to hear the news, however, given Newton's past domestic abuse allegations, including charges of intimidation and assault occasioning actual bodily harm, allegedly punching ex Rachael Taylor in the face, allegedly assaulting a 66-year-old taxi driver twice, as well as two arrests in the United States in April 2012.

Newton pleaded guilty to common assault in 2007 after ex Brooke Satchwell accused him of punching her in the head, attempting to gouge her eyes and face, as well as charges of stalking and intimidation. Newton's psychiatrist at the time said the man was suffering depression and was therefore unlikely to reoffend.

Earlier this year, the director screened his film Who We Are Now at SXSW. Ahead of the festival debut, Newton's publicist released a statement saying he "utterly regret[ted]" his past convictions.

"As I said in 2011, 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."

Chastain has been an outspoken leader in the #TimesUp movement, which sprung up following the groundswell of the #MeToo movement where women across the industry were sharing stories of sexual assault and misconduct.

In the past, Chastain has commented on her role as a spokesperson of sorts for both the #TimesUp movement as well as women across film, but has also added that it wasn't just a "Hollywood issue... this is a societal issue".

"It’s really powerful and it’s important that the voices of women in society that are usually ignored, aren’t ignored."

Speaking to The Feed's Marc Fennell Chastain also said, "I always make choices in all the work that I've done, to make sure that on any film set that I'm working with people... there isn't a question about whether or not abuse has taken place".

Chastain has yet to respond to the onslaught of tweets asking her to reconsider working with Newton.

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