Posted on March 9, 2020 at 10:08 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Hachette Book Group will no longer publish Woody Allen’s memoir and has returned the rights to him, reports NPR.

The publisher released a statement on Friday afternoon that read, in part:

As a company, we are committed to offering a stimulating, supportive and open work environment for all our staff. Over the past few days, HBG leadership had extensive conversations with our staff and others. After listening, we came to the conclusion that moving forward with publication would not be feasible for HBG.

Employees had walked out Thursday in protest of the decision to release Apropos of Nothing.

Allen, an award-winning filmmaker and comedian, has seen his career stall in recent years after his daughter Dylan Farrow accused him of sexually abusing her during her childhood; he denies the claims and has never been charged.

Dylan Farrow and her brother Ronan — author of Catch and Kill, which details the coordinated efforts of those in power to protect sexual predators from the consequences of their actions — had criticized Hachette earlier in the week for agreeing to publish Allen's book.

Ronan Farrow tweeted his thanks to Hachette employees for walking out and the company for listening on Friday.

Allen had, according to the New York Times, struggled to find a publisher for his memoir, so the news that Hachette had picked up his book was somewhat surprising.

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