Woody Allen’s publisher is dropping his memoir.
Hachette Book Group announced Friday that it wouldn’t be moving forward with Allen’s memoir, “Apropos of Nothing,” originally set to be published in April. The news of its publication had triggered staff walkouts and a very public rebuke from the investigative reporter Ronan Farrow, Allen’s estranged son and a fellow Hachette author.
Farrow’s sister Dylan Farrow has accused Allen of sexually assaulting her at age 7, an allegation Allen denies. (Both Ronan and Dylan are the children of the actress Mia Farrow, Allen’s former partner.) In his statement, Ronan Farrow said that Hachette never contacted Dylan to fact-check Allen’s account.
Farrow added that he would be cutting ties with Hachette, which published his bestselling book “Catch and Kill” on his investigation into Harvey Weinstein. The publisher, Farrow said in a statement, “concealed the decision from me and its own employees while we were working on ‘Catch and Kill’ — a book about how powerful men, including Woody Allen, avoid accountability for sexual abuse.”
“It’s wildly unprofessional in multiple obvious directions for Hachette to behave this way,” Farrow wrote. “But it also shows a lack of ethics and compassion for victims of sexual abuse, regardless of any personal connection or breach of trust here.”
Dylan Farrow also posted a statement confirming that she had never been contacted even though “my story has undergone endless scrutiny and has never been published without extensive fact-checking.”
On Thursday, dozens of staffers from imprints at Hachette walked out.