Jessica Chastain criticized for hiring director with history of domestic violence

Hanna Flint

Jessica Chastain has long been a leading voice in the #TimesUp movement, and she is known for calling out harmful men in the film industry.

However, the actress has been accused of hypocrisy for choosing Matthew Newton to direct and write her next film, Eve — because he has a history of domestic abuse.

Jessica Chastain is under fire for her choice of director to helm Eve. (Photo: Getty images)

The Australian director pleaded guilty to physically assaulting the Neighbours actress Brooke Satchwell, his then-girlfriend, in 2007. Three years later, his then-fiancée Rachael Taylor (of Jessica Jones fame) accused him of “two unprovoked assaults,” and a two-year apprehended domestic violence order (akin to a restraining order) was issued against him.

He was charged with breaking the order the following year.

Two of Matthew Newton’s past girlfriends have accused him of assault. (Photo: Getty Images)

Chastain, a vocal advocate for gender equality, is expected to co-produce the movie through her all-female production company, Freckle Films.

But her decision to work with Newton has been slammed online.

The actress, who is currently filming It: Chapter Two, said in the past that she has always refused to work with people who have a history of abuse or unacceptable behavior toward women.

“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 that there isn’t a question about whether or not abuse has taken place,” she told The Feed.

“It’s very important to me that I practice what I preach, and that my actions follow my words.”

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