Hachette Book Group announced today it will no longer publish disgraced director Woody Allen’s memoir, Apropos of Nothing, which was originally scheduled to hit bookshelves in April.
This comes on the heels of a staff walkout at one of HBG’s imprint companies, Little, Brown and Company, after one of their star authors –Ronan Farrow– voiced his disappointment that HBG was working with Allen.
Ronan’s sister, Dylan, has accused her adoptive father Allen of molesting her when she was 7. He has repeatedly denied the allegations..
“We stand in solidarity with Ronan Farrow, Dylan Farrow and survivors of sexual assault,” workers said in a statement yesterday.
HBG says, “The decision to cancel Mr. Allen’s book was a difficult one. At HBG we take our relationships with authors very seriously, and do not cancel books lightly.”
The publisher adds … “Also, as a company, we are committed to offering a stimulating, supportive and open work environment for all our staff. Over the past few days, HBG leadership had extensive conversations with our staff and others. After listening, we came to the conclusion that moving forward with publication would not be feasible.”
HBG will return all rights of the memoir to the author.