Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Girlfriend Accuses TV Show Host

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Girlfriend Accuses TV Show Host

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DISGRACED TV personality Matthew Newton has been accused of violently assaulting his actress girlfriend Rachael Taylor.

Taylor has taken out an apprehended violence order against Newton following two alleged "unprovoked violent assaults" while the couple were on holiday in Rome.

The Seven Network confirmed that Newton Co the son of showbiz couple Bert and Patti Newton Co had withdrawn from his plum hosting gig on the much-heralded new talent series, The X Factor, which is due to go to air on Monday.

"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," Taylor said in a statement released by her manager yesterday.

The action followed a series of "gravely serious incidents" including two unprovoked violent assaults on August 13 and 14 while the couple were in Rome, the statement says. …

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