Australian star Matthew Newton has been hospitalised in Sydney just a day after appearing in court to answer allegations he breached an apprehended violence order (Avo) by trying to contact his ex-girlfriend, actress Rachael Taylor.
Newton, who recently completed a five-month in-patient stint in rehab, was admitted to Westmead Hospital on Thursday morning (03Mar11) suffering from an acute abdominal illness, according to Australia's Seven network.
The 34 year old was taken to the facility by ambulance from a rehab clinic in Wentworthville, where he is continuing to receive care, and was diagnosed with stress-related stomach inflammation.
Newton's lawyer Chris Murphy writes in a post on Twitter.com, "(The) stress of recent events is having a damaging effect on Matt Newton's health... Northside West Clinic rushed Matthew Newton by ambulance to Westmead Hospital today. After 12hrs (hours) he is being returned to the clinic."
The Transformers star won the Avo against Newton last year (10) after accusing him of several "unprovoked violent assaults" during a vacation in Europe in August (10). He was arrested in February (11) and appeared before a judge on Wednesday (02Mar11) to face claims he broke the rules by telephoning his former fiancee and sending her text messages.
During the hearing, Newton's lawyer revealed the actor is suffering from a psychiatric illness and asked for the legal matter to be dealt with under the Mental Health Act.
Newton's case will head back to court next month (Apr11) for a mental health hearing.