Newton suffering ‘medication side effects’ during taxi driver clash

The Australian actor, son of TV entertainers Bert and Patti Newton, is facing an assault charge after allegedly punching a cab driver during a ride through the city in December (11).

The case went to court on Tuesday (27Mar12) and Newton’s lawyer asked for his client to be dealt with under Australia’s Mental Health Act because he was suffering the effects of his prescription medication at the time of the incident.

Attorney Chris Murphy told North Sydney Local Court that Newton, who suffers from bipolar and obsessive compulsive disorder, was taking a “bomb load of medication” including mood stabilisers and anti-depressants and was experiencing “obvious side effects”.

He told the hearing, “This occurred when his mental illness was at its worst. He had medication difficulties. He had lost his support base… This is a man who has probably been mentally ill all his life, according to doctors… He was born in the public eye. From the day he was born, he’s been the focus of the media. He needs some normalcy.”

Magistrate Ellen Skinner adjourned the case until Wednesday (28Mar12).