Publishing company, Hachette Book Group, has dropped Woody Allen's much-anticipated memoir, A Propos of Nothing.
"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. We have published and will continue to publish many challenging books," the company said in a statement. "As publishers, we make sure every day in our work that different voices and conflicting points of views can be heard."
The book was set to go on sale next month.
But earlier this week, author and journalist, Ronan Farrow, Allen's estranged son, announced that he planned to cut ties with the publisher because of the decision to publish Allen's book.
Hey, just wanted to share my thoughts on some recent news: pic.twitter.com/ovPczgx8pB— Ronan Farrow (@RonanFarrow) March 4, 2020
Farrow's book "Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators" expands on his reporting of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein's history of sexual crimes for the New York Times. And examines how men in power, like Allen, are able to avoid consequences for their abuse. Allen has been accused of sexually assaulting Dylan Farrow, his adopted daughter when she was a child.
Farrow's announcement condemned Hachette for not fact-checking Allen's book. And he was upset that his sister was not allowed to respond to allegations that she might be lying.
Hachette Book Group has not returned all calls for further comment.
On Thursday, employees of Little Brown and Company, a division of Hachette that published Farrow's book, walked out to support Farrow, sexual abuse victims and to protest Allen's memoir.
Hachette CEO Michael Pietsch, tried to hold a town hall with staff, but senior managers would not stand with him and the staff walked out, according to the New York Post's Page Six.
"Also, as a company, we are committed to offering a stimulating, supportive and open work environment for all our staff," the publisher said. "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 for HBG."