Published: Tue, March 24, 2020
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Woody Allen's memoir published

Woody Allen's memoir published

Though we were unable to find it on Amazon, or even Arcade's own website, AP was apparently given a copy of the book to summarize with affirmation from a publicist declaring it was unclear if there would be any interviews coming from the Oscar-winning filmmaker who's been dogged by molestation charges by his daughter Dylan, which he has steadfastly denied.

Woody Allen's controversial memoir "Apropos of Nothing" has found a new home at Arcade Publishing and is being released today, The Associated Press reports. He called Mia Farrow's accusations part of her "Ahab-like quest" for revenge. "Henry Miller comes to mind". But the news was met with quick and growing outrage, centered on allegations that Allen abused Dylan Farrow.

Allen, 84, is one of dozens of filmmakers, actors and producers to have been accused of sexual misconduct or faced renewed scrutiny of historical allegations since the #MeToo movement went global in late 2017. Describing a visit to Farrow's CT house in August 1992, when he allegedly molested Dylan, he acknowledges briefly placing his head on his 7-year-old daughter's lap, but adds: "I certainly didn't do anything improper to her".

Hachette was originally set to publish Allen's memoir but dropped it after numerous company's employees staged walkouts in protest and several prominent figures, including Dylan and Ronan, slammed the publisher for giving him a platform.

He wrote in his memoir: "Of course I understand her shock, her dismay, her rage, everything. I was in a room full of people watching TV mid-afternoon". Dylan Farrow, Allen's adopted daughter, has repeatedly claimed the director molested her when she was a child (allegations he has consistently denied), and called Hachette's acquisition of the book "an utter betrayal" of her brother, Ronan Farrow, who past year released his book Catch and Kill through Hachette's imprint Little, Brown and Company.

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Dylan is the adopted daughter of Allen and Mia Farrow, with whom he also shares adopted son Moses and biological son Ronan. Farrow was awarded custody of her and Allen's three children. Hachette cancelled the release less than a week later.

"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".

Editor Jeannette Seaver said in a statement that her company refuses to "bow to those determined to silence" Allen.

Skyhorse is a prolific, diverse and sometimes provocative company which has a catalogue including books by everyone from Samuel Beckett and Octavio Paz to JFK conspiracy theorist Jim Garrison and Alan Dershowitz, the attorney, commentator and frequent defender of President Donald Trump who has his own history with Allen.

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