Woody Allen book released by new publisher despite protests over first attempt

Woody Allen’s autobiography has been released by a new publisher after being dropped by his previous backers over protests by staff.

Apropos Of Nothing came out with little advance notice in the US on Monday, released by Arcade Publishing.

Original publishers Hachette Book Group had dropped the memoir earlier in March following a walk-out by staff over long-running claims the film director sexually abused his adopted daughter,Dylan Farrow.

Mia Farrow (R) has backed allegations by her daughter Dylan (L) that Woody Allen molested her
Image:Mia Farrow (right) has backed allegations by her daughter Dylan that Allen molested her

Allen’s son Ronan Farrow, a journalist credited as one of the reporters who triggered Harvey Weinstein‘s downfall, had also criticised the decision by Hachette to work with the filmmaker.

However, the 400-page book quickly found a new home.

“The book is a candid and comprehensive personal account by Woody Allen of his life,” Arcade announced. “Ranging from his childhood in Brooklyn through his acclaimed career in film, theatre, television, print and stand-up comedy, as well as exploring his relationships with family and friends.”

Allen, 84, has always vehemently denied the allegations by his adopted daughter, and was not charged following two separate investigations in the 1990s.

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He has previously accused actress Mia Farrow, Dylan’s adoptive mother, of “exploiting” their daughter.

The four-time Oscar winner, best known for films including Annie Hall, Manhattan, Crimes And Misdemeanours and Vicky Cristina Barcelona, has seen the allegations come to the surface once again in the wake of the #MeToo movement.

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 15: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Ronan Farrow visits BuzzFeed's "AM To DM" to discuss his book "Catch And Kill" on October 15, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
Image:Ronan Farrow had criticised the book’s original publishers for working with his father

In November last year, the director settled a multimillion-dollar lawsuit with Amazon after the company abandoned a film deal with him.

No financial details of Allen’s book deal with Arcade, an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing, have been released.

A Skyhorse spokeswoman said no decisions had been made on whether Allen would give any interviews about the book.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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