High-profile #TimesUp member Jessica Chastain is facing accusations of hypocrisy after the actress and producer reportedly chose a man with a disturbing history of domestic abuse as the director for her latest film, Eve. Chastain, who has long been outspoken about her support for women’s rights and equal pay in Hollywood, is slated to star in and co-produce Eve through her all-women production company, Freckle Firms, according to The Hollywood Reporter. But her previous remarks claiming that she would never choose to work with someone accused of abusing women have been called into question amidst the news that she and Freckle Films were thrilled to announce they had hired Australian director Matthew Newton to helm the venture.
In 2007, Newton pleaded guilty to physically abusing his then-girlfriend, actress Brooke Satchwell, saying that the assault was the result of mental illness, drugs, and drinking. His conviction was later overturned after his psychiatrist testified that the director suffered from depression and that he was not likely to reoffend. But Newton was again accused of domestic abuse in 2010 and given a two-year apprehended domestic violence order — a measure similar to a restraining order — after his then-fiancée actress Rachael Taylor said that he had assaulted her on two separate occasions. To further compound his alarming behavior, Newton went on to violate the domestic violence order just a year later. Newton has reportedly avoided legal trouble since 2012, the year he said he quit drinking for good.
On social media, users decried Chastain’s decision to hire Newton, pointing to an interview Chastain gave to Australian film critic Marc Fennell in January during which she said, “I’ve always made choices, in all the work that I’ve done, to make sure that on any film set that I’m working with people where there isn’t a question about whether or not abuse has taken place … It’s very, very important to me that I practice what I preach and my actions follow my words.”
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
I really, really hope that she didn't know, and now that she does, @jes_chastain will follow through on practicing what she preaches.
— Rosie Waterland (@RosieWaterland) August 7, 2018
How does Jessica Chastain claim to be an advocate for women in the industry and has constantly been a part of the MeToo discussion but in the same breath turn around and work with someone who has abused multiple women? This is peak white feminism holy shit https://t.co/M0eP18hOIG
— donnia (@fincherism) August 3, 2018
Chastain, who has said that the first ever #TimesUp meeting was held at her house, has yet to respond to questions about her decision to work with Newton.
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