The glitz and glamour around the new production of the X Factor Australia has lost some of its lustre.
Massively hyped by Seven, which has invested huge sums of money into the X Factor Australia, the channel is now being forced to take damage avoidance steps as its host Matthew Newton left the program in order to return to rehab following his long-rumoured battle with addiction.
The final nail in the coffin for the star came when it was announced that he had been served with an Apprehended Violence Order by his girlfriend Rachel Taylor.
The Age quoted a statement provided by Taylor’s manager, who said that she “made the decision to send a clear message that violence, threats, abuse and intimidation were not acceptable and should be dealt with by the full capacity of the law.”
According to the statement, the action followed a series of "gravely serious events" that culminated in an alleged assault in Rome at the beginning of August, which had left her fearing for "her personal safety, well-being and security...”
This follows action taken in 2007 by his ex-girlfriend Brooke Satchwell, who accused Newton of similar actions. One cannot help but wonder if Seven took an unnecessary risk by bringing him on-board a production that received such heavy investment.