Ronan Farrow, who helped expose and bring down Harvey Weinstein and wrote a book about the ring of protective provided to powerful sexual predators, is done with his publisher. Ronan came out with a statement slamming Hachette and publicly ended his professional relationship with them after learning they had acquired the rights to publish Woody Allen’s memoir. His sister Dylan Farrow already slammed Hachette. And Ronan believes his sister’s allegations of child sexual assault against Woody. In fact, he now exposes shady creeps for a living. So he found it a bit odd that the people profiting off exposing trash would now be making money off of that same alleged trash.
Back in the early 90s, Woody was accused by his daughter Dylan Farrow of child abuse. He was never charged, but a Connecticut prosecutor said there was probable cause for a criminal case. Dylan wrote about it in a New York Times open letter in 2014. Dylan already called the news of Hachette publishing Woody’s book “upsetting,” and now it’s Ronan’s turn.
It seems that while Ronan was hard at work on Catch and Kill, his publisher was hard at work getting the rights to publish Woody Allen’s memoir Apropos of Nothing. Ronan may have won the Pulitzer Prize for public service in 2018 for helping to break the Harvey Weinstein scandal, but it seems Hachette was a bit better at hiding shit from him. Ronan tweeted:
“I was disappointed to learn through press reports that Hachette, my publisher, acquired Woody Allen’s memoir after other major publishers refused to do so… [they] concealed the decision from me and its own employees while we were working on Catch and Kill–a book about how powerful men, including Woody Allen, avoid accountability for sexual abuse. Hachette did not fact check the Woody Allen book. My sister Dylan has never been contacted to respond to any denial or mischaracterization of the abuse she suffered at the hands of Woody Allen–a credible allegation, maintained for almost three decades, backed up by contemporaneous accounts and evidence.
It’s wildly unprofessional in multiple obvious directions for Hachette to behave this way. But it also shows a lack of ethics and compassion for victims of sexual abuse, regardless of any personal connection or breach of trust here. I’ve encouraged Hachette, out of respect for its readers, authors and reputation to conduct a thorough fact check of Woody Allen’s account, in particular any claim that implies my sister is not telling the truth. I’ve also told Hachette that a publisher that would conduct itself in this way is one I can’t work with in good conscience.”
Hey, just wanted to share my thoughts on some recent news: pic.twitter.com/ovPczgx8pB
— Ronan Farrow (@RonanFarrow) March 4, 2020
Dylan thanked her brother for supporting her and dumping his publisher:
I continue to be proud of my brother and his uncompromising integrity. https://t.co/QnWArRioIz
— Dylan Farrow (@RealDylanFarrow) March 4, 2020
Grand Central Publishing–which is part of Hachette and is the one actually publishing Woody’s book–declined to comment on getting called out by Ronan.
This is a really good look for Hachette. They should keep up this positive momentum they’re having and announce they’re courting R. Kelly to get a memoir from him too. His will be called: Apropos Of Child Sex Tapes.