Woody Allen's Book Deal Prompts Many of the Publisher's Employees to Walk Out in Protest
Staff members at the New York offices walked out of the building in protest on Thursday
A number of Hachette Book Group employees are protesting the publishing house’s acquisition of Woody Allen‘s memoir.
On Tuesday, Hachette’s Grand Central Publishing division announced that it bought the controversial director’s autobiography, Apropos of Nothing. Set to hit shelves on April 7, the book is touted as a “comprehensive account of his life, both personal and professional,” according to a statement from the publishers, which added that he “also writes of his relationships with family, friends and the loves of his life.”
As news of the book deal sparked outrage among industry members (Allen, 84, has previously faced accusations of child molestation), members of Hachette’s staff staged a walk out on Thursday in response to the decision.
One witness who posted a photo of the scene of the protest on Twitter estimated more than 75 employees participating.
“We respect and understand the perspective of our employees who have decided to express their concern over the publication of this book,” Hachette said in a statement, according to the Los Angeles Times. “We will engage our staff in a fuller discussion about this at the earliest opportunity.”
“Hachette’s publishing of Woody Allen’s memoir is deeply unsettling to me personally and an utter betrayal of my brother whose brave reporting, capitalized on by Hachette, gave voice to numerous survivors of sexual assault by powerful men,” read Dylan’s statement. “For the record, I was never contacted by any fact checkers to verify the information in this memoir, demonstrating an egregious abdication of Hachette’s most basic responsibility.”
Dylan, 34, continued: “On the other hand, my story has undergone endless scrutiny and has never been published without extensive fact checking. This provides yet another example of the profound privilege that power, money, and notoriety affords. Hachette’s complicity in this should be called out for what it is and they should have to answer for it.”
Allen has long denied the allegations, which were first reported during his explosive 1992 split from Mia Farrow. The director was not charged, though a Connecticut prosecutor said there was probable cause for a criminal case.
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Dylan is the adopted daughter of Allen and his former girlfriend, Mia Farrow, with whom he also shares adopted son Moses and biological son Ronan.
“I was disappointed to learn through press reports that Hachette, my publisher, acquired Woody Allen’s memoir after other major publishers refused to do so,” Farrow, 32, wrote on Twitter, claiming the book publisher “concealed the decision from me and its own employees while we were working on Catch and Kill — a book about how powerful men, including Woody Allen, avoid accountability for sexual abuse.”