Transformers Star Rachael Taylor Says Boyfriend Bashed Her


Aug. 23 2010, Published 9:10 a.m. ET

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Transformers actress Rachael Taylor has been granted a temporary restraining order (known as an "apprehended violence order" in Australia) against her Aussie boyfriend after two alleged unprovoked violent assaults, has learned.

The 26-year-old star, who played Maggie Madsen in Michael Bay’s blockbuster, has applied for a restraining order against ex-boyfriend, Matthew Newton, saying she fears "for her personal safety, well being and security” following two “gravely serious incidents” in Italy earlier this month.

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The actress reportedly suffered serious injuries consistent with blows to the face and body after a public altercation between the couple in the foyer of a Rome hotel.

Police were called to the scene, but no charges were filed.

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In a statement, Taylor said 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."

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Newton, an Australian television host and actor, faces the court orders in his native country.

Last night, he was swiftly sacked from the show he hosts.

The couple had been on a private holiday in Rome, while Rachael Taylor was on a break from filming thriller, The Darkest Hour in Moscow.


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