Further revelations have emerged about the troubles of Matthew Newton, with the actor's family and friends telling media outlets that his psychological condition had spiralled out of control as a result of his use of drugs.
News Limited outlets report that Newton is under watch at the Northside West Clinic, where he has been undergoing treatment, for fear that he could attempt self-harm.
A friend of Newton's told The Sunday Telegraph that the actor was "schizophrenic from smoking drugs", while others confirmed that he was insecure and mentally unstable as a result of addictions to drugs such as marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine.
"As soon as he puts anything in his body that has anything to do with a chemical base or anything to do with altering his mind, he snaps with aggression," said a source.
Another friend said that he was particularly reliant on marijuana, and was on "at least three or four joints minimum a day".
In an interview on A Current Affair to air on Monday night, Newton's parents, Bert and Patti Newton, said that his intake of alcohol and drugs had exacerbated pre-existing psychological problems, sending him hurtling toward the inevitable "train-wreck" situation.
"We don't know how to handle it," Patti Newton said.
"He's always had a bit of a problem with his temper, even as a kid. There was a bomb about to go off somewhere, sometime."
Washing its hands
The Seven Network has increasingly come under fire for being irresponsible and exploitative by hiring Newton while being aware of the risks arising from his addiction to multiple illicit drugs, his history of mental fragility, and evidence of his volatile and sometimes violent temperament.
Employees at the network were well aware of Newton's troubles when they sounded him out for the role as the host of The X Factor. Newton had only just checked out of a rehabilitation clinic in Melbourne when Seven made its announcement, having admitted himself weeks earlier after a violent attack on his then-partner Rachael Taylor.
Another apparent assault against Taylor on 14 August was the cause for Newton's re-admission to rehabilitation and his exit from The X Factor.
Seven undoubtedly hired Newton in part because of his behaviour and public notoriety, and played up those problems through various media interviews, including on its own public affairs programme Today Tonight.
But as soon as news of the latest incident broke, the network swiftly sought to wash its hands of Newton's troubles, editing him out from pre-recorded segments and quickly throwing in Luke Jacobz as Newton's replacement on the new entertainment programme.
Newton's manager, Titus Day, and acting agency, RGM, have now also cut ties with the actor.
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