Australian Actor Loses Radio Gig Due To Assault Charges
January 15, 2007 at 12:17 PM (PT)
Actor MATTHEW NEWTON's debut as afternoon drive time co-host on DMG Top 40 2SYD (NOVA 96.9)/SYDNEY and 3MEL (NOVA 100)/MELBOURNE alongside AKMAL SALEH has been cancelled, and NEWTON tells THE AUSTRALIAN that he has been released from his contract. NEWTON's debut was initially announced to be delayed until criminal domestic assault charges against NEWTON were resolved, but he will now not be getting the job.
NEWTON was to debut MONDAY on the stations, but the charges, which stemmed from an OCTOBER 16 arrest for assaulting actress and then-girlfriend BROOKE SATCHWELL, came to light, prompting the stations (in what GM MANDI WICKS calls a mutual decision) to keep NEWTON off the air until at least his WEDNESDAY court date, after which his future was to be reassessed.
"Over the last two days," a statement from NEWTON read, "I have become the subject of intense media and public interest. As the matter of interest relates to a court case, I am not able to freely and openly discuss it. As such, my ability to perform my role as an on-air announcer is greatly limited. NOVA and I agree the appropriate course of action is for them to release me from contractual obligations."
NEWTON is best known in AUSTRALIA as the son of TV personalities BERT and PATTI NEWTON and for his role on the TV mini-series "CHANGI." He also appeared as Ka Jothee in the U.S. SCI-FI CHANNEL series "FARSCAPE" and in the film "QUEEN OF THE DAMNED."