Hachette Book Group (HBG) in the US has announced it will no longer publish director Woody Allen's memoir following a four-day backlash online and within the company.
Allen has been accused by Dylan Farrow - his daughter with former partner Mia Farrow - of sexually assaulting her in 1992 when she was seven-years-old. He has repeatedly denied the allegation. The allegation was investigated twice by authorities and no charges were brought.
Dylan Farrow had taken to social media to hit out at HBG's announcement that it would publish Allen's memoir, and said she had not been contacted by any fact-checkers for the book. Her brother, investigative journalist Ronan Farrow, subsequently said he would no longer work with the publisher. Farrow's book Catch and Kill, which told the story of his 2017 exposé of Harvey Weinstein, was published by HBG imprint Little, Brown.
In a statement issued to TIME magazine over its decision to cancel publication of Allen's memoir, HBG said: "Hachette Book Group has decided that it will not publish Woody Allen's memoir Apropos of Nothing, originally scheduled for sale in April 2020, and will return all rights to the author.
"The decision to cancel Mr. Allen's book was a difficult one. At HBG we take our relationships with authors very seriously, and do not cancel books lightly. We have published and will continue to publish many challenging books. As publishers, we make sure every day in our work that different voices and conflicting points of views can be heard."
In response to the backlash within the company, which included a walkout at its New York office, the statement said: "Also, 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."