Two weeks ago we asked a stupid question – not our first – Ever have one of those days? the reference was to Matthew Newtons oddball arrest in Miami over his apparent drunk and disorderly behaviour. It seems Mr Newton is pulling a Charlie on us. Not happy with just one arrest, the Aussie actor has gone back in for a heap more trouble.
Newton has been arrested again in the United States after allegedly punching a hotel clerk because he could not get reception for his smartphone. Newton must feel like it’s Wombat Day – we don’t have groundhogs here sorry - he was charged with the battery of an employee at a Miami hotel, as well as resisting arrest. U.S. hotel staff must be asking themselves wtf is it with Aussies and phones?? In 2005 Russell Crowe went on a similar – but clearly not the same – rampage in a SoHo Hotel
:: UPDATE :: In what can only be described as a No-Sh_t Sherlock moment, Miami prosecutors will investigate whether Matthew Newton is suffering from some form of mental illness ::::
Napier Valazquez from Miami police says the arrest happened about a week ago, after Newton got into an argument with a clerk at the front desk of the Courtyard Marriott on Miami Beach because there was no mobile phone signal.
The incident was reportedly captured on CCTV.
“The next thing you see in the video is Mr Newton getting upset and knocking off all the papers that were on the counter,” he said.
“And after a few seconds he walks around the counter to get to the other side and confronts the clerk face to face. After a few minutes arguing with the clerk he punches the clerk to the face, he drops to ground and he jumps on top of him as well.
Mr Valazquez says Newton told police the clerk had spat in his face.
Newton, the son of well-known entertainment identities Bert and Patti Newton, was also arrested in Miami earlier this month after allegedly refusing to leave a bar.
:: UPDATE :: Newton has been arrested there twice this month, with police alleging the latest incident involved the 35-year-old actor punching a hotel worker in the face. Prosecutors were unaware Newton possibly had a mental illness until they came across some Australian media reports.
“We had no idea he had some mental health issues,” said Terry Gonzalez-Chavez, of the Miami-Dade state attorney’s office.
“I have passed that information on today to our prosecutors.
“We have a very good mental health system down here for people charged with misdemeanours, and maybe they should take a look at him to see if there is anything there.
“I think we all agree that it is just not usual for someone to engage in the kinds of behaviours he is engaging in, which seems to be unprovoked.”
Newton’s Sydney-based lawyer, Chris Murphy, pointed to his client’s mental illness in a Twitter message earlier this week.
“Can’t cure mental illness with ‘You stop that!’ Bipolar sufferers need patience & support,” he wrote.
Newton’s troubles in Miami began on April 6 when he was charged with resisting a police officer and trespassing at the popular watering hole, Mr Moe’s Restaurant and Bar.
The latest incident happened just before 5am on April 17 when Newton confronted a worker at Miami’s Marriott Courtyard Hotel.
Newton was allegedly upset about a mobile phone call dropping out.
The incident was partially caught on a hotel security surveillance camera, and Newton was charged with battery and resisting arrest without violence.
If found guilty, he faces up to one year in jail.
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