This week, 41-year-old Matthew Newton was photographed on the streets of New York, his hand on the small of the back of his fiancée, 24-year-old Catherine Schneiderman.
Three months ago, Australian news outlets had reported the two had split amid “financial woes and ill-health” on the part of Newton, the son of Australian entrainment royalty Bert and Patti Newton.
Donned in a grey beanie and black coat, Newton and Schneiderman looked a far cry from being broken up. By all accounts Newton is rather detached from Australia, the place home to years-long reports of his domestic violence and assault. The place that will never forget the stories of his ex-partners Brooke Satchwell and Rachael Taylor, who both filed police reports alleging domestic violence in their relationships with the actor.
In 2006 and just after the two had split, actress Brooke Satchwell was assaulted when she visited the couple’s Sydney home at 5pm on September 13, 2006.
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Newton pleaded guilty to common assault after prosecutors withdrew three more serious charges including assault occasioning actual bodily harm and stalking and intimidating Satchwell. He got off because the judge found that he was a “gentleman” who was unlikely to hit a woman again.
In 2010, Rachael Taylor ended her relationship with the actor after an altercation in Rome in which court documents detailed how Newton allegedly left Taylor with multiple scars as well as “neck injuries” and “bruising” consistent with having her head “bashed against the floor and walls”.
She later filed an AVO, alleging over a year of physical, verbal and emotional abuse. He was subsequently admitted to Sydney’s Northside West Private Clinic for treatment.