Matthew Newton, Director With Domestic Violence Record, Departs Jessica Chastain Film

Following a torrent of criticism over his hiring, a filmmaker which has a history of domestic violence charges stepped down on Friday via directing a brand-new action movie, the latest example of an entertainment figure being called to account for past behavior.

The filmmaker, Matthew Newton, had been named last week as director of the movie “Eve,” which he also wrote, as well as which will star Jessica Chastain, a vocal supporter of the #MeToo as well as Time’s Up movements against sexual misconduct as well as gender inequality in Hollywood. Ms. Chastain, whose company Freckle Films will be one of the producers, was soon deluged with complaints on social media as well as in an online petition for her decision to work with Mr. Newton.

Twitter users, especially those via Australia, where he will be via, directed attention to reports about Mr. Newton, who includes a relatively low profile from the United States.