COVID-19 INFORMATION What you need to know about the coronavirus if you are living in Japan or planning a visit.
Allegations that Woody 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 Photo: AFP/File
entertainment

Woody Allen memoir released by new publisher after protests

12 Comments
By Miguel MEDINA

The autobiography of filmmaker Woody Allen was released in the United States Monday, swiftly finding a new home after its original publisher pulled out amid protests over abuse allegations.

New York-based Arcade Publishing announced it has acquired world rights to the title, "Apropos of Nothing," and launched it Monday with no advance warning.

Earlier this month publisher Hachette scrapped plans to release the book penned by Allen, 84, who has long been accused of molesting his daughter, and returned all rights to the author.

Hachette had canceled the launch after Allen's son Ronan Farrow, who is extremely critical of his father, denounced the book group, and staff staged a walkout.

In a statement Monday, Arcade -- an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing -- said the book was "a candid and comprehensive personal account by Woody Allen of his life," according to Publishers Weekly.

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 director of "Annie Hall" and "Manhattan" was 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, now 34, maintains she was molested.

The unexpected announcement of the book's release Monday comes more than two weeks ahead of its originally scheduled April 7 launch from Hachette's Grand Central Publishing subsidiary.

Ronan Farrow, himself a high-profile investigative journalist and best-selling author, had led the backlash to those plans, saying he would no longer work with Hachette if it went ahead.

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

Dozens of Hachette employees company employees in New York walked out in protest at the decision to publish the memoir.

But some had criticized Hachette's withdrawal as censorship, including best-selling author Stephen King.

"The Hachette decision to drop the Woody Allen book makes me very uneasy. It's not him; I don't give a damn about Mr. Allen. It's who gets muzzled next that worries me," he said on Twitter.

According to The New York Times, the book contains a post-script from Allen accusing Hachette of "cowering."

"Hachette read the book and loved it and despite me being a toxic pariah and menace to society, they vowed to stand firm should things hit the fan," he wrote.

"When actual flak did arrive they thoughtfully reassessed their position, concluding that perhaps courage was not the virtue it was cracked up to be and there was a lot to be said for cowering."

© 2020 AFP

©2020 GPlusMedia Inc.

12 Comments
Login to comment

Good for Arcade Publishing, standing up against censorship and cancel culture. Whatever Ronan Farrow or those who believe him think, there is not now and never has been enough agreement on any so-called "facts" between those involved, and neither has there ever been any real evidence against Woody Allen to even try him, let alone convict him. Except in the court of Twitter, of course.

7 ( +12 / -5 )

Weinstein, Epstein, polinski and Woody. Definitely no patern.

-5 ( +3 / -8 )

Woody Allen was never convicted.

He was acquitted of any charges against him.

Don't like it, don't buy his book.

I may or may not believe the court of popular opinion,

but a court of law is what stands.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

Kimochi warui. Doesn't take a genius not to marry your adopted daughter. He deserves the pervert label.

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

I like his movies but not his acting. Plus he slaps his lips together after every grammatical punctuation mark.

I will find it online and read it.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

The parts describing his romantic involvement and so on with Soon-Yi are particularly poignant.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

@Goodlucktoyou

Weinstein, Epstein, polinski and Woody. Definitely no patern.

What do you mean? Don't be cowardly and hide your opinion behind suggestion, explain yourself clearly.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Weinstein, Epstein, polinski and Woody. Definitely no patern.

Perhaps you should learn to spell before bringing your anti-Semitism here. Note to mods: he is referring to the fact that they are all Jews. Get it?

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Is pointing out a paatern Anti-Semitic?

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

Is pointing out a paatern Anti-Semitic?

Depends on the context. But it seems that those who post anti-Semitic comments seem to lack essential spelling skills, and are especially befuddled by the relatively simple word "pattern." I am definitely seeing a pattern there.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

I am not anti-Semitic, but I do have spelling challenges.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

blue in greenMar. 24 01:59 pm JSTWoody Allen was never convicted.

He was acquitted of any charges against him.

Don't like it, don't buy his book.

I may or may not believe the court of popular opinion,

but a court of law is what stands.

He can say all he wants but that doesn't necessarily it's true. Wilt Chamberlin claimed to have laid 10000 women. If people want to write ridiculous claims and if you don't like a star or what (s)he says or does hen don't buy the book.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Login to leave a comment

Facebook users

Use your Facebook account to login or register with JapanToday. By doing so, you will also receive an email inviting you to receive our news alerts.

Facebook Connect

Login with your JapanToday account

User registration

Articles, Offers & Useful Resources

A mix of what's trending on our other sites