Matt Newton’s former girlfriend Rachael Taylor has applied for an apprehended violence order against him, alleging she was the victim of violent assaults. She says she fears for her safety after sustaining serious injuries consistent with blows to the face and body after the two got into a public fight in the foyer of a hotel in Rome. Rachael released a statement today saying:
After much consideration and struggle I have made this personal decision to send a clear public message that violence, threats, abuse and intimidation are not acceptable and should be dealt with by the full capacity of the law.
Matt was escorted back to Australia by a producer from The X Factor and has now returned to rehab. In 2006 he was charged with intimidating and assaulting his then-girlfriend Brooke Satchwell. He pleaded guilty to one charge of common assault but the conviction was then quashed a year later. And if that weren’t enough, his manager, Titus Day of 6 Degrees Management, announced today that he had dumped Matt as a client.