In a statement released Monday, Farrow said she was upset that Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group, was releasing Allen’s autobiography in April. The memoir was generally thought to be unpublishable in the “Me Too” era, but it was quietly purchased last year.
“This provides yet another example of the profound privilege that power, money and notoriety affords,” Farrow, 34, stated. “Hachette’s complicity in this should be called out for what it is and they should have to answer for it.”
Farrow said she was not contacted by the publisher’s fact-checkers to “verify the information” in Allen’s book.
Farrow, the sister of Ronan Farrow, whose reporting in The New Yorker on now-convicted Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein helped propel the Me Too movement, also blasted the publication as an “utter betrayal” of her brother’s “brave reporting” that “gave voice to numerous survivors of sexual assault by powerful men.” Ronan Farrow’s book “Catch and Kill” on his reporting of Weinstein’s sexual abuse was published last year by Hachette.
According to a statement from Grand Central, Allen’s memoir, “Apropos of Nothing,” is a “comprehensive account” of his life. The company did not disclose what it paid for the manuscript.
Allen has denied sexually abusing Farrow, and he wasn’t charged after two investigations in the 1990s. A prosecutor in Connecticut, where the Farrows had a second home, said that he had probable cause to prosecute Allen on charges that he sexually molested his daughter, but he decided to spare her the trauma of a court appearance, and Dylan’s mom, Mia Farrow, agreed. Allen lost all custody.
Allen and Mia Farrow had a long-term relationship until he began an affair with her 21-year-old adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn, who is now Allen’s wife. Mia Farrow discovered the affair when she found nude photos of Previn in Allen’s home. Previn was 10 when Allen first met her.
The Farrows’ complaints about Allen were largely ignored by the film industry until the last couple of years. Amazon Studios backed out of a production and distribution deal with Allen last year, and several actors have said they will no longer work with him.