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Newton branded 'Australia's Charlie Sheen'

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CCTV of Newton incident

Matthew Newton is seen punching and hounding hotel staff on CCT, and a Miami based officer outlines the actor's misdeeds.

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The Miami Herald believes troubled Australian actor Matthew Newton is the Charlie Sheen of Australia.

Newton will face a Miami court on May 11 after allegedly battering a desk clerk at Courtyard Marriott Hotel, after he became frustrated when he struggled to get a signal on his mobile phone on April 17.

"Australian bad-boy actor Matthew Newton accused of punching Miami hotel clerk," said the headline in the local paper.

Hotel CCTV....Matthew Newton, right, is seen rolling on the floor alongside the hotel clerk, who appears injured in footage released by US police.

Hotel CCTV....Matthew Newton, right, is seen rolling on the floor alongside the hotel clerk, who appears injured in footage released by US police. Photo: Channel Seven

"The 35-year-old Newton might not be well known Up Here, but Down Under he's shaping up as the Charlie Sheen/Sean Penn/Robert Downey Jr. of Australia," the Herald said.

Sheen was dropped from his role in Two and a Half Men following reports of alcohol and drug abuse, marital problems and allegations of domestic violence.

Back in Miami, police charged Newton, 35, with battery and resist arrest without violence after the alleged early morning attack, which was captured on security cameras.

Miami vice ... a mug shot of actor Matthew Newton after his arrest in the United States earlier this year.

Miami vice ... a mug shot of actor Matthew Newton after his arrest in the United States earlier this year. Photo: Jailbase.com

Newton, who suffers from bipolar and obsessive compulsive disorder, relocated to the US on the advice of his psychiatrists who said "he would not survive" in Australia.

The latest police report also said that the actor was under the influence of alcohol.

"He apparently got ticked at the dead air — and then went ballistic on a hotel employee," the Herald said.

Another mug ...Charlie Sheen's meltdown was also played out in public.

Another mug ...Charlie Sheen's meltdown was also played out in public. Photo: AP

The site of a Miami police station is not foreign to the troubled actor. He was a guest there 11 days earlier when he was accused of trespassing and resisting an officer at Mr Moe's Restaurant, 3131 Commodore Plaza.

According to a police report, Newton was told various times to leave the premises but he kept coming back.

"He started to scream and cursed out the cop, according to the report. He is scheduled to be at court for that alleged offence on May 15," the newspaper report said.

'We're hoping for a happy ending' ... Bert Newton has expressed support for his son Matthew after his latest brush with the law.

'We're hoping for a happy ending' ... Bert Newton has expressed support for his son Matthew after his latest brush with the law.

Meanwhile, Newton's father Bert has expressed support for his son after his latest brush with the law.

The entertainment great said Matthew had the support of his family and they remained hopeful the actor could get his life back on track. He said he had kept in close contact with his son in recent days.

''We're getting through it. It's been going on for a fair while now, but we're strong people … we're pretty positive people … and I'm sure it's still possible there will be a happy ending,'' Bert Newton said.

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41 comments

  • Although I appreciate the need for Matthew to escape the Australian media, I question the wisdom of hanging out in Florida.

    Commenter
    Pfft
    Date and time
    April 25, 2012, 10:48AM
    • yeah he should have gone to bali,
      would have fit right in with all the other aussies

      Commenter
      jools
      Location
      DaBra
      Date and time
      April 25, 2012, 12:03PM
  • He's NO chip off the old block is he ???? i think he and Charlie should shack up together, do alcohol and drugs and go out in public and run amock. would make great viewing for the public at large.

    Commenter
    Funk E Tan
    Location
    Funky E Land
    Date and time
    April 25, 2012, 10:53AM
    • Interesting how they are comparing him to successful actors. I'd suggest he is more the equivalent of a Lindsay Lohan.

      Commenter
      Steve
      Location
      Fitzroy
      Date and time
      April 25, 2012, 10:56AM
      • Totally agree, I'd never heard of him till he started hassling his girlfriend. The media should leave him alone.
        I personally can't think of any play,movie or TV show he's been involved in.
        Only know he's Bert & Patty's son.
        The media is more out of control than he is.

        Commenter
        a country gal
        Date and time
        April 25, 2012, 11:58AM
      • He was in Stupid, Stupid Man where he was very good (ABC circa 2006).

        Commenter
        kepler22b
        Date and time
        April 25, 2012, 12:20PM
    • Bipolar or not, he can't be allowed to keep getting away with behaving like a thug. I feel sorry for his parents.

      Commenter
      Lynne
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      April 25, 2012, 10:58AM
      • Yes, except that Charlie Sheen/Sean Penn/Robert Downey Jr are all successful actors. Matty is just a guy who couldn't replicate the success and fame of his father. It's a hard life of privilege and opportunity.

        That said, I would fire the psychiatrists that sent him to another country where he knows no-one and no-one is there to support him. I'm not surprised he does nothing but sit in his hotel room and drink. I fear the next headline will be 'Matthew Newton. Dead.'

        Bert and Patti should be on a plane to him immediately.

        Commenter
        LRD
        Location
        Coburg
        Date and time
        April 25, 2012, 10:58AM
        • I have to agree that his supervision is not being undertaken correctly. He needs 24 hour watching not just Here you go, ticket to US, have a good time.

          Commenter
          Another MC
          Location
          Melbourne
          Date and time
          April 25, 2012, 12:05PM
        • there are plenty of go away, get away places, just here in oz, let alone the rest of the world. but miami would not be high on the list.

          Commenter
          jools
          Location
          DaBra
          Date and time
          April 25, 2012, 12:09PM

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