Low actor Matthew Newton needs some of his own medicine*
MATTHEW Newton doesn't need to go back to rehab. Matthew Newton needs a good hiding. A smack in the mouth.
No doubt this piece of outstanding commentary, said without fear or prejudice, will send the sob sisters into a flap this morning as they stand appalled at the sheer brutishness of it.
No, they will sob, Newton has an illness and he needs our support.
Heavens no, they'll weep, condemning him is the last thing we should be doing.
For goodness sake, they'll bleat, his behaviour is a result of his addictions.
Until we get to the doozy of all doozies: He can't help it.
But beating up a woman is not the action of an addict. It is a sign of poor character. The action of a weak man. A dog.
If Newton's alleged behaviour is beyond his control, as this reliance on an "addiction" seems to suggest, how come it never happens in a pub full of Botany Bay wharfies?
Why is it the thin little girlfriend who apparently copped it? Why her and hotel rooms? Oh, that's right, he denied trashing the room himself, although he did foot the bill.
In the AVO Rachael Taylor is believed to be applying for today, she detailed how Newton had allegedly assaulted her on two nights.
According to her, it was no one-off.
And, she claims, while Newton was giving her the business he was not affected by drugs or alcohol. Apparently he was sober.
Yet the minute the story broke Newton was quickly rushed off to rehab.
If drugs or alcohol weren't involved why is Newton going back to rehab?
What is he seeking treatment for?
Being a dog?
Plenty of people, even in rehab, have problems, yet they don't beat up a woman.
It makes you wonder if the whole rehab experience is nothing more than a nice little public relations exercise to repair what is left of his reputation.
It gives Newton a crutch. Rehab makes it look like he has gone off for treatment so when he returns, no doubt amid great fanfare, we will have to stand and cheer his courage to beat the demons that nearly destroyed him.
I would rather vomit.
If Taylor is to be believed, then Newton is a serial offender, having pleaded to a charge of common assault against former girlfriend Brooke Satchwell in 2006. He was finally let off on a good behaviour bond with no conviction recorded.
But that does not change his original plea: He pleaded guilty.
A neighbour at the time spoke of regularly hearing Newton going off at night.
"Generally speaking he was just a bad neighbour. It would be screaming at night," the neighbour said.
Yesterday Newton's sister Lauren said he was working through his "issues".
Is that what they call it these days?
How about some accountability?
If somebody had grabbed him by the collar back when this first started and given him a little some of what he was allegedly giving her, things might have panned out differently.
But no, excuses keep getting put up for him.
The good news is if he is found to have acted out again he might still get his flogging, one way or another.