Woody Allen memoir: Dylan Farrow calls publication of book ‘deeply upsetting’ and ‘utter betrayal’

Filmmaker’s estranged daughter called out Hachette for publishing memoir after company ‘capitalised’ on her brother’s #MeToo book

Ellie Harrison
Tuesday 03 March 2020 13:30
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Woody Allen’s estranged daughter Dylan Farrow has called the publication of her father’s memoir “deeply upsetting” and an “utter betrayal” against her brother Ronan.

The filmmaker’s new book, titled Apropos of Nothing, is being published by Hachette, the same company that released Ronan’s book detailing his investigations into cases of abuse, Catch and Kill.

In a statement posted to her Twitter account, Dylan – who has previously accused Allen of molesting her when she was a child – said she had not been contacted by any fact checkers to verify her father’s memoir.

Allen has always denied allegations of abuse.

Dylan wrote: “Hachette’s publishing of Woody Allen’s memoir is deeply upsetting to me personally and an utter betrayal of my brother, whose brave reporting, capitalised on by Hachette, gave voice to numerous survivors of sexual assault by powerful men”.

She added that the upcoming memoir “provides yet another example of the profound privilege that power, money and notoriety affords” and called on Hachette to answer to their “complicity”.

According to Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette, Allen’s memoir is a “comprehensive account of his life, both personal and professional, and describes his work in films, theatre, television, nightclubs, and print”.

In it, “Allen also writes of his relationships with family, friends, and the loves of his life”.

Publication of Allen’s book appears to have been a struggle. Several publishers reportedly rejected the memoir, citing #MeToo concerns, prior to Hatchette’s involvement.

Apropos of Nothing will be released on 7 April.

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