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Matthew Newton lawyer: 'I'm worried he could be suicidal'

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Matthew Newton's lawyer has revealed that he is concerned that his client is "suicidal".

The Australian actor's lawyer Chris Murphy appeared in Downing Centre Local Court in Sydney today (April 10) in relation to assault charges brought against Newton last year.

Newton is charged with punching 66-year-old taxi driver Mohsen Khayami in the left side of the neck and twice in his head while seated in his taxi at Crows Nest in Sydney on December 4, 2011.

Murphy told the court that Newton relocated to the US on the advice of his psychiatrists who said that "he would not survive" in Australia.

He added: "My client is hunted like a wounded animal."

Over the weekend, Newton was arrested in the US on suspicion of trespassing and of resisting arrest without violence and. He was later bailed and is currently awaiting a court date.

Murphy told the Australian court that Newton had not been drinking at the time of the incident, saying: "No-one's suggesting any aggression on his part."

He also said that he is extremely for Newton's wellbeing as the star has received psychiatric treatment on and off for the past 18 months.

Murphy added: "My extreme concern... is that he is suicidal. He is seeing a psychiatrist today. This is an unfortunate thing that has happened in America."

The Sydney magistrate Jane Mottley ruled that Newton would have to return home to face the charges, but adjourned the matter for three months to allow US court proceedings to take place first.

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