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Woody Allen’s memoir not to release by Hachette amid molesting accusations

Arhama AltafWeb Editor

07th Mar, 2020. 01:14 pm
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A leading publisher scrapped plans to release the autobiography of filmmaker Woody Allen.

Woody Allen has long been accused of molesting his daughter, following an outcry and a staff walkout.

Hachette’s announcement came after Allen’s son Ronan Farrow, extremely critical of his father, denounced the book group over “Apropos of Nothing,” originally scheduled to hit shelves next month.

“The decision to cancel Mr. Allen’s book was a difficult one,” a spokeswoman for Hachette said in a statement.

He added it would return all rights to the author.

Allegations that Allen molested his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow when she was seven years old in the early 1990s have dogged the Oscar-winning filmmaker for decades.

The 84-year-old director of Annie Hall and Manhattan cleared of the charges, first leveled by his then-partner Mia Farrow, after two separate months-long investigations, and has consistently denied the abuse.

But Dylan, maintains she suffered molestation.

Hachette said its Grand Central Publishing subsidiary would release Allen’s memoir in the United States on April 7.

It sparked an immediate backlash with high-profile investigative journalist and best-selling author Ronan Farrow.

Meanwhile, Ronan Farrow said he would no longer work with Hachette.

Ronan has long defended Dylan, who renewed her accusations against Allen in the wake of the #MeToo movement in early 2018.

Recently, dozens of company employees in New York staged a walkout in protest against Woody Allen.

“We stand in solidarity with Ronan Farrow, Dylan Farrow, and survivors of sexual assault,” the employees said in an email.

“After listening, we came to the conclusion that moving forward with publication would not be feasible for HBG,” she said.

She added that the imprint does “not cancel books lightly.”

However, Allen did not immediately comment.

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