Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ronan Farrow blasted his own book writer in a scathing statement, accusing Hachette Book Group of”exceptionally unprofessional” behavior and severed ties into the company because it”concealed” it was working together with his estranged father Woody Allen.
Farrow’s”Catch and Kill” was released last year by the Hachette department Little, Brown and Co., but the actress scion is outraged the publisher hid the fact that it had been working with Allen in precisely the same moment.
“I was frustrated to learn through press reports that Hachette, my writer, acquired Woody Allen’s memoir following other significant publishers refused to do this and concealed the choice from me and its employees while we were working ‘Catch and Kill’ — a novel about the way successful men, such as Woody Allen, prevent liability for sexual abuse,” Farrow mentioned in a statement posted on his social networking reports.
Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group, declared Monday the Allen’s book is called”Apropos of Nothing” and will be released April 7. Dylan Farrow, Ronan’s sister, has said that Allen molested her as a child from the early 1990s.
“Hachette didn’t fact check the Woody Allen publication. My sister Dylan has never been contacted to respond to any denial or mischaracterization of the abuse she endured in the hands of Woody Allen — a credible allegation, maintained for nearly 3 decades, backed up by contemporaneous reports and signs,” Farrow continued. “It is wildly unprofessional in multiple obvious instructions for Hachette to behave this way.”
A rep for Allen didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
Farrow, son of actress Mia Farrow and Allen, has sided with his mom and sisters amid a string of accusations from the filmmaker. He said the publisher’s activities reveal”a lack of ethics and compassion for sufferers of sexual abuse” and called for the company to thoroughly analyze Allen’s claims.
This blend photo shows a book cover image for”Apropos of Nothing,” an autobiography from Woody Allen, to be released on April 7. (Grand Central Publishing through AP, abandoned, and AP Photo)
“I have encouraged Hachetteout of respect for its readers, authors and reputation, to conduct a thorough reality check of Woody Allen’s accounts, in particular any claim that implies my sister is not telling the facts,” Farrow said.” I’ve also told Hachette a writer that would run itself in this way is one I can not work with in good conscience”
Hachette Book Group didn’t immediately respond to a series of questions, including whether or not Allen’s book is going to be fact-checked.
The”Manhattan” manager was accused of molesting his adopted daughter, Dylan, when she was seven. She proclaimed that the allegations at a 2014 article for The New York Times, in addition to in an interview with”CBS This Morning” in 2018. Allen has denied the accusations.
Ronan Farrow’s reporting on Harvey Weinstein and other men accused of sexual misconduct has been widely praised and helped establish the #MeToo motion. NBC News famously refused to broadcast his explosive reporting on the sex offender Weinstein, but The New Yorker jumped at the opportunity to publish the story and won the Pulitzer Prize. “Catch and Kill” details Farrow’s theories on why NBC passed the report.
Back in May, The New York Times reported that Allen”softly tried to market a memoir” but was”met with indifference or challenging moves” amid the #MeToo movement altering the way accusations are treated.
“Together with his livelihood but derailed by resurfaced allegations that he molested his daughter Dylan Farrow nearly 3 decades past — allegations that Allen denies and who’ve left Americans uncertain whom to believe — the prospect of publishing his memoir seems to hold little charm,” the Times wrote. “Some publishing executives employed the word’poisonous’ when describing the challenges of coping with Allen from the current environment, noting that while he remains a substantial cultural figure, the industrial risks of releasing a memoir by him were too daunting.”
It seems Hachette determined the risks are worth the possible reward, but Dylan called the upcoming launch”deeply upsetting” in a statement late Monday.
“Hachette’s publishing of Woody Allen’s memoir is profoundly troubling to me personally and an utter betrayal of my brother, whose courageous reporting, capitalized by Hachette, gave voice to many survivors of sexual assault by powerful men,” Dylan Farrow said
The Associated Press and Fox News’ Kathleen Joyce contributed to the report.