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Woody Allen accuses old publisher of  dumping his memoir like nuclear poison

Woody Allen has accused publisher Hachette of dumping his memoir like nuclear poison after it was hit with public outrage fueled by MeToo and a walkout by staff.

The director wrote that Hachette imprint Grand Central ‘dumped the book like it was a hunk of Xenon 135’, an isotope found in nuclear reactors.

Allen, 84, accused Hachette of ‘cowering’ in the face of MeToo but boasts he knew his book would be published somewhere ‘because you can’t keep the truth bottled up forever’.

Allen claimed there was a silent majority of Hollywood actors and directors who supported him but could not speak up because they feared being fired.

In self-pitying parts of the book, titled Apropos of Nothing, Allen compared himself to victims of McCarthyism, defendants at the Nuremberg trials and authors who were banned in America, such as D.H. Lawrence and James Joyce.

Woody Allen has accused publisher Hachette of dumping his memoir like nuclear poison after it was hit with public outrage fueled by MeToo and a walkout by staff

Woody Allen has accused publisher Hachette of dumping his memoir like nuclear poison after it was hit with public outrage fueled by MeToo and a walkout by staff

Allen, 84, accused Hachette of 'cowering' in the face of MeToo but boasts he knew his book would be published somewhere 'because you can't keep the truth bottled up forever'

Allen, 84, accused Hachette of ‘cowering’ in the face of MeToo but boasts he knew his book would be published somewhere ‘because you can’t keep the truth bottled up forever’

Allen’s book was published on Monday with little advance notice by Arcade, an imprint of Skyhorse, which has in the past published books by JFK conspiracy theorists.

The filmmaker lashes out at the response to Hollywood during the MeToo movement, which began in 2017 and caught up with him the following year.

Actors vowed to stop working with him because they sided with his daughter Dylan Farrow, who accused him of sexually assaulting her when she was seven years old.

Allen's book was published on Monday with little advance notice by Arcade, an imprint of Skyhorse, which has in the past published books by JFK conspiracy theorists

Allen’s book was published on Monday with little advance notice by Arcade, an imprint of Skyhorse, which has in the past published books by JFK conspiracy theorists

Others objected to his marrying Soon-Yi Previn in 1997, who was effectively his step daughter and 35 years younger than him.

Additionally, Amazon backed out of a $73 million deal to release Allen’s next four films, he was cut out of a PBS poetry documentary and his latest film, A Rainy Day in New York, was not released in the US because nobody would distribute it.

Allen became, as he describes it, a ‘toxic pariah’.

He writes: ‘I had appeared in a film, The Front, about the McCarthy era and was very aware of what Lillian Hellman referred to as ”scoundrel time,” when so many frightened or opportunistic men and women behaved badly.

‘Any number of actors and show people said to me and various friends of mine privately how appalled they were by the clearly unjust, disgusting publicity I was receiving and that they were solidly on my side, but when asked why they didn’t speak out and say something, they all admitted they feared professional repercussions.

‘I thought it was ironic as that was the exact reason women gave for not speaking up over the years against their various harassers: that their careers would suffer’.

When Allen tried to make another film, he found he was unable to do so because he was essentially blacklisted.

He claimed some actors told him privately: ‘I waited my whole life for this phone call and now I can’t take the job’.

Amazon backed out of a $73 million deal to release Allen's next four films, he was cut out of a PBS poetry documentary and his latest film, A Rainy Day in New York, was not released in the US because nobody would distribute it. Pictured: Allen with Selena Gomez and Timothe Chalamet on the set of Allen's movie in September 2017

Amazon backed out of a $73 million deal to release Allen’s next four films, he was cut out of a PBS poetry documentary and his latest film, A Rainy Day in New York, was not released in the US because nobody would distribute it. Pictured: Allen with Selena Gomez and Timothe Chalamet on the set of Allen’s movie in September 2017

Others objected to his marrying Soon-Yi Previn (pictured together in 2015) in 1997, who was effectively his step daughter and 35 years younger than him

Others objected to his marrying Soon-Yi Previn (pictured together in 2015) in 1997, who was effectively his step daughter and 35 years younger than him

Allen claims the press ‘lumped me in with any number of men who were charged, convicted, or admitted to sex crimes… despite the fact the accusation against me had repeatedly been found not to have occurred’.  

Allen writes he did tell Hachette that there would ‘undoubtedly be blow back’ about his memoir from people wanting to ‘suppress it by any means necessary’.

But he claimed that his editors ‘loved the book’ and vowed to ‘stand firm’ if things turned difficult.

Then came the walkouts from Hachette’s own staff and the outrage that another Hachette imprint had already released the book by Allen’s estranged son Ronan Farrow about his reporting on Harvey Weinstein, which kick-started the MeToo movement.

Allen writes: ‘When actual flak did arrive they thoughtfully reassessed their position, concluding that perhaps courage was not the virtue it was cracked up to be and there was a lot to be said for cowering.

‘Anyhow they dumped the book like it was a hunk of Xenon 135.

‘I understood their panic and while yes, it was appalling, I was less stricken than friends and loved ones.

Employees at the publisher had a walkout after Hachette's own staff and the outrage that another Hachette imprint had already released the book by Allen's estranged son Ronan Farrow about his reporting on Harvey Weinstein, which kick-started the MeToo movement.

Employees at the publisher had a walkout after Allen’s estranged son Ronan Farrow (pictured with his mother Mia Farrow) shamed Hachette for printing the book while also publishing his book Catch and Kill, which reports on Harvey Weinstein

Allen writes he did tell Hachette that there would 'undoubtedly be blow back' about his memoir from people wanting to 'suppress it by any means necessary'. Pictured: The Hachette employee walkout

Allen writes he did tell Hachette that there would ‘undoubtedly be blow back’ about his memoir from people wanting to ‘suppress it by any means necessary’. Pictured: The Hachette employee walkout 

‘They carried on like pirates, railing against the publisher’s volte face, calling Hachette craven and invoking censorship, freedom of speech, McCarthyism, Fahrenheit 451, omitting only the destruction of the library at Alexandria in 46 B.C. and the book burning and torch light parades of thirties Berlin.

‘I knew Apropos of Nothing would land somewhere because you can’t keep the truth bottled up forever’.

In extracts of the memoir already made public, Allen opened up about his controversial relationship with Soon-Yi.

He admits in a queasy passage that in the early days of their relationship ‘lust reigned supreme and we couldn’t keep our hands off each other’.

Allen dedicated the memoir to his 49-year-old wife and writes: ‘For Soon-Yi, the best. I had her eating out of my hand and then I noticed my arm was missing’.

Allen, 84, began a relationship with ex-girlfriend Mia Farrow’s adopted daughter when Soon-Yi was 22.

He writes that despite the 35-year age gap between them, she was ‘ready to ripen superbly if only someone would show her some love’.

Allen also claims that his son Ronan Farrow may be Frank Sinatra’s son because Mia may have still been sleeping with him when they were together.

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