The Herald Sun is reporting in their Confidential pages that an Australian friend of troubled actor Matthew Newton claims the Newton family offered "no assistance" to their son.
"His parents never helped out. Never. They gave no assistance.
"I had to get the money for the bail. It was Matt's own money, not mine, but I had to get it," Alison Thompson alleged to Confidential at the InStyle Women of Style awards this week.
While Newton's famous parents, Bert and Patti, have told media they "continue to support Matthew" following his two separate arrests in Florida, Alison claimed she got Newton out of jail because his family would not post the $200 bail.
And Alison added the 35-year-old actor is "on the verge of suicide" in the US.
Thompson called Newton a "genius", adding "I think he is on the verge of suicide."
"When you're dealing with someone with a mental illness you can't just slap them on the hand and say, 'You can't do that any more' like you would a child."
Matt's mum Patti went on TV show 'Mornings' following the arrests last month. She spoke about her turn on 'Celebrity Apprentice' and also talked at length about her son.
Watch after the eight minute mark:
Meanwhile, Newton's lawyer Chris Murphy says Patti and Bert were "never required" to help.
"Matt did not want his family involved - they were never needed for the bail," he said.
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