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A Controversial Memoir

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Woody Allen decided that on top of everything happening in 2020 that now was the right time to release his memoir, Apropos Of Nothing. While it was originally set to be released by Hatchett Book Group (which ironically also published Allen's estranged son Ronan Farrow's book, Catch And Kill), employees and authors objected and staged walk outs, so the book was dropped. It was quickly picked up by Arcade Books and hit the shelves despite outrage.

Allen addressed the publishing controversy in the book, claiming that he was confident it "would land somewhere because you can’t keep the truth bottled up forever."

"Hachette read the book and loved it and despite me being a toxic pariah and menace to society, they vowed to stand firm should things hit the fan. 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."

What He Says About Dylan

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In the book, Allen discusses the allegations that he molested his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow, daughter of his ex-partner Mia Farrow, and the controversy around the fact that he married Mia's adopted daughter Soon-Yi Priven, who was 35 years his junior. Allen whines:

"I knew Mia was fond of telling people I had molested her underage daughter when in fact Soon-Yi was twenty-two, and of course our love, which has resulted in a marriage of over twenty years, was hardly molestation."

He continues:

"There are still loonies who think I married my daughter, who think Soon-Yi was my child, who think Mia was my wife, who think I adopted Soon-Yi, who think that Obama wasn’t American. But there was never any trial. I was never charged with anything, as it was clear to the investigators nothing had ever occurred."

That is not an accurate representation of what came of the investigation, but it's the statement that Allen has clung to for years.

Larry David Supports Him

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With Woody Allen back in the cultural conversation, many in Hollywood are taking sides, especially ones who worked with Allen in the past. Curb Your Enthusiasm's Larry David, who worked with Allen in Whatever Works, praised the memoir and also threw his support behind Allen.

"Yeah, it’s pretty great, it’s a fantastic book, so funny. You feel like you’re in the room with him and, yeah, it’s just a great book and it’s hard to walk away after reading that book thinking that this guy did anything wrong."

Other Actors Who Still Support Allen

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David isn't the only one to support Allen despite the work of the #MeToo Movement. Scarlett Johansson, who worked with Allen on Match Point, and Vicky Cristina Barcelona, supported Allen as recently as last year. She told The Hollywood Reporter:

"I love Woody. I believe him, and I would work with him anytime. [I see him] whenever I can, and I have had a lot of conversations with him about it. I have been very direct with him, and he’s very direct with me. He maintains his innocence, and I believe him."

Similarly, her Vicky Cristina Barcelona costar Javier Bardem also condemned the "public lynching."

"At the time I did Vicky Cristina Barcelona, the allegations were already well known for more than 10 years, and two states in the US deemed he was not guilty. If the legal situation ever changes, then I’d change my mind. But for now I don’t agree with the public lynching that he’s been receiving, and if Woody Allen called me to work with him again I’d be there tomorrow morning. He’s a genius."

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