Mr. Moe's, the Coconut Grove sports bar/hunting lodge, received more than its usual share of action early Saturday morning, when Australian actor Matthew Newton was arrested by Miami police outside the establishment.
According to Newton's attorney, Chris Murphy, Newton was at the bar Friday, asked to leave, and then returned to Mr. Moe's, where police arrested him. Murphy tweeted the following statement:
News:Matthew Newton. Statement from a highly regarded, Christian
Minister/Psychologist who had been counselling MN in Miami ' When I went
the bar, I asked to see the manager. I asked him if he had been there
that night, that a friend of mine had been arrested. He said, "the
australian". Not in a derogatory way, but just as an identifier. I then
asked if he could tell me what happened. He was very vague about how
much Matt had to drink there, but said he was with a few other people.
Apparently they asked him to leave and he went out and sat on their
tables on the sidewalk. Then I guess they called the cops or there was a
cop on the street. They asked him to leave and he did and then came
back. The manager said the cops were being nice telling him to come back
tomorrow. Matt didn't leave and so they arrested him. The manager kept
saying he was hammered.'
The Minister attended the scene the day after the incident. He had spent
time in a professional meeting with Newton prior to the arrest event.
Other press reports state that the bar manager said Newton had 'one
beer'. Newton does not drink beer and witnesses state he had no alcohol
at the Bar.
Newton was charged with trespass on property after warning and resisting officer without violence to his person April 6 at 5:38 a.m. and released on $2,000 bail.
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Newton comes from a famous Australian acting family and recently has been better known for his arrests -- including violating a restraining order obtained by his ex-girlfriend, Transformers actress Rachael Taylor -- than for his acting credits.
No word yet on whether any of Mr. Moe's famous Moose Juice was involved.