Jessica Chastain has long been a leading voice in the #MeToo movement and 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.
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 he was given a two-year apprehended domestic violence order against him.
He was charged with breaking the order the following year.
Chastain, a vocal advocate in the fight for gender equality, is expected to co-produce the movie directed and written by Newton, through her all-female production company Freckle Films though it is likely this partnership will soon change following online criticism.
“I’m still just so disappointed in Jessica Chastain like she used to my feminist queen and always said the right things and now she’s being such a hypocrite,” one person tweeted. “I seriously don’t know what she’s doing.”
I’m still just so disappointed in jessica Chastain like she used to my feminist queen and always said the right things and now she’s being such a hypocrite I seriously don’t know what she’s doing ugh
— indi (@witchyanya) August 6, 2018
In January, I asked Jessica Chastain about making choices when there's been allegations of abuse. She said this. https://t.co/cJatBvDVOx I have trouble seeing how she can justify working with Matthew Newton. https://t.co/SRNTS0zjjd
— Marc Fennell (@MarcFennell) August 4, 2018
How does Jessica Chastain claim to be an advocate for women in the industry and has constantly been a part of the MeToo discussion but in the same breath turn around and work with someone who has abused multiple women? This is peak white feminism holy shit https://t.co/M0eP18hOIG
— donnia (@fincherism) August 3, 2018
I really, really hope that she didn't know, and now that she does, @jes_chastain will follow through on practicing what she preaches.
— Rosie Waterland (@RosieWaterland) August 7, 2018
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 behaviour towards 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.”