Posted on March 6, 2020 at 7:29 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
Dylan and Ronan Farrow aren’t the only people angry about Hachette Book Group’s decision to publish Woody Allen’s memoir.
Dozens of employees of two Hachette imprints — Grand Central Publishing (which signed Allen) and Little, Brown and Company — walked out Thursday afternoon in protest.
Allen, an award-winning filmmaker and comedian, has seen his career stall in recent years after Dylan Farrow’s allegations that he sexually molested her during her childhood became widely know.
Allen denies the claims and has never been charged; his agent also did not return NPR's requests for comment on the walkout.
Both Farrows released statements condemning the publishing company for agreeing to release Apropos of Nothing, with Ronan citing in particular a sense of betrayal — Little, Brown released his book Catch and Kill, which details the coordinated efforts of those in power to protect sexual predators from the consequences of their actions.
Hachette CEO Michael Pietch sent a statement to NPR after the walkouts, which took place in New York City and Boston, that read: "We respect and understand the perspective of our employees who have decided to express their concern over the publication of this book. We will engage our staff in a fuller discussion about this at the earliest opportunity."
NPR cited the New York Post as reporting that employees complained to to Hachette’s HR department before the walkout and that Pietch tried to hold a town-hall meeting on the issue, but wasn’t able to before the walkout.
Read more about the Hachette protests from NPR.
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