“Catch and Kill” author Ronan Farrow said in a tweet Tuesday that he would cut ties with his publisher, Little Brown and Company, over a sister imprint’s decision to publish estranged father Woody Allen’s memoir, a move he described as “wildly unprofessional” and demonstrative of “a lack of ethics and compassion for victims of sexual abuse.”Farrow wrote that he was “disappointed” in the actions of Little Brown’s parent company, Hachette Book Group, whose imprint Grand Central announced earlier this week that it would publish Allen’s memoir, “Apropos of Nothing,” in April. Farrow said the company “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 immediately return TheWrap’s request for comment.Also Read: Dylan Farrow Calls Woody Allen Memoir 'Deeply Upsetting'“Hachette did not fact check the Woody Allen book,” Farrow wrote. “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.”Dylan Farrow, Ronon Farrow’s sister, has accused Allen of molesting her as a child, an allegation the filmmaker has denied. She responded to the news of Allen’s book in her own tweet on Monday, calling it an “utter betrayal.”The New York Times obtained a message Farrow sent to Hachette CEO Michael Pietsch, in which the author seemed to cut ties with the company. “Your policy of editorial independence among your imprints does not relieve you of your moral and professional obligations as the publisher of ‘Catch and Kill,’ and as the leader of a company being asked to assist in efforts by abusive men to whitewash their crimes,” he wrote.Also Read: Ronan Farrow and HBO Team up on Documentary About Journalist Intimidation“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,” Farrow elaborated in his tweet. “I’ve also told Hachette that a publisher that would conduct itself 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, 2020Read original story Ronan Farrow Cuts Ties With ‘Catch and Kill’ Publisher for Acquiring Woody Allen Memoir At TheWrap
HBO announced Wednesday that the first project in its multi-film deal with Ronan Farrow is a documentary on threats, intimidation and violence against journalists.Farrow will work with Academy Award-nominated directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady of Loki Films on the project, which will use domestic and international examples to focus on journalists working to expose corruption and abuse by governments, corporations and other powerful interests.“Around the world, journalists are under fire. They’re being spied on using new surveillance technology, imprisoned, even murdered. And we’re seeing evolving tactics deployed against reporters in the United States, too, against the backdrop of a new era of misinformation campaigns and rhetoric that seeks to undermine the very idea of objective reporting. I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to work with Rachel, Heidi, and HBO to tell these stories,” Farrow said.Also Read: Ronan Farrow Praises Fox News' Handling of Sexual Misconduct Accusations: 'Great Job' (Video)Farrow has experience being targeted himself.“Harvey Weinstein hired former Mossad agents with a firm called Black Cube who in turn hired contractors who surveilled me, tracked me, built dossiers on both me and survivors of alleged assault by Harvey Weinstein to try to squash this story,” Farrow said on “Good Morning America” last October, reiterating details from his best-seller, “Catch & Kill.”Farrow said that he’d been advised by sources to buy a gun and had been forced to move out of his home, then added, “Around the world, the stakes are even higher: journalists get killed for reporting stories. It’s gotta stop and we have to protect this precious institution.”“Now more than ever, as evidenced by Ronan’s recent reporting, unbiased investigative journalism is both essential and under siege,” said president of HBO programming Casey Bloys Wednesday. “We’re excited to provide a platform for Ronan, Heidi and Rachel to shed light on the harrowing circumstances thrust upon journalists in their tireless pursuit of the truth.”Read original story Ronan Farrow and HBO Team up on Documentary About Journalist Intimidation At TheWrap
This Monday, jury selection will begin in the criminal trial of Harvey Weinstein. Throughout his career, Weinstein abused, manipulated, bullied and sexually assaulted hundreds of women. I am one of the many that he has harmed. His criminal acts reflect an industry that condones toxic and dangerous work environments for females who are expected to keep quiet on the set. But the film industry is not singular in its abusive ways toward women.In this MeToo era, it is still the norm for women not to be believed. As we watch the Weinstein trial in real time — and his lawyers collect hefty sums to dismiss the truth and discredit the brave survivors who will take the witness stand — now, more than ever, we must support these women to see that justice is served. Make no mistake that this landmark case will affect the number of assaults and rapes that are reported and prosecuted. If we see that money and power can buy a get out of jail card, it sends a strong message to women that their truth will be always be challenged.The same is true for the life force responsible for the water we drink and the air we breathe, Mother Nature. Like the countless survivors who are subjected to scrutiny and blame for crimes that take place inside their bodies, our earth is being violently assaulted. Her roots have been torn out of the soil; her sorrow is flooding our land. We see her anger burn like wildfire. We feel her trauma in the sinking earth and we do nothing to help her.Also Read: Harvey Weinstein's Criminal Trial Starts Monday - Here's What to ExpectThe parallels between the climate change crisis and rape are as clear as a blue sky. As a longtime activist for both issues, my hope is that the only time we are looking backward is to learn from our mistakes. When we say times up, we are pointedly speaking to both the abusers and the proactive climate-change denial by the Trump administration. Both are national emergencies that are largely ignored by our representatives.It took a choir of women’s voices, centuries of abuse and bloodshed for the pendulum to swing in the other direction on abusive behavior against women. When women in film like me and many others — the silence breakers — banded together in solidarity against the gross misuse of power in our industry, the time was finally “right” for people to wake up and take notice. We, along with male allies like Ronan Farrow, were able to amplify Tarana Burke’s MeToo battle cry into a movement and demand that predators be held accountable for their actions.The silence breakers who exposed themselves in going public with their experiences were not only hoping to create change for women in Hollywood but in our culture at large. While film is a visual medium, a character is only as good as his or her voice. It is dialogue that tells the story.Also Read: LA District Attorney Is Reviewing 8 Accusations of Sexual Misconduct Against Harvey WeinsteinMother Earth needs our help too. Every human life is dependent on protecting our planet. We breathe her air, drink her water and bask in her sunlight. Yet, we have violated and abused her. We have ignored her cries for help.Women are innately connected to the earth’s ability to grow and give life. Mother Earth is MeToo. We have shared trauma that needs nurturing and healing. It is our responsibility to help her by adopting natural climate solutions and a planetary health diet, leave fossil fuels in the ground and restrict emissions.These two movements are intrinsically intertwined. They both require us, as a society, to find common ground, to respect one another and the earth we dwell upon. To look at what we can do right now to support both causes. To create and speak a language that we all can acknowledge and understand, one of hope, peace and change.As we begin not only a new year but a new decade, women are reclaiming their freedoms by seeking a better, safer and kinder world to live in. I want more for myself, for other women, for my daughter. We deserve to walk this earth without trepidation of being verbally, physically or sexually attacked on a daily basis.Also Read: Melania Trump Downplays Husband's Greta Thunberg Diss: Barron 'Is Not an Activist Who Travels the Globe'If you don’t know where to begin, look no further than the many fearless heroines leading the charge. If 16-year-old Greta Thunberg can see the error of our ways and dedicate her young life to raising awareness and demanding transparency and change, we can too. If Jane Fonda can band together environmentalists and supporters to protest with her FireDrillFridays, we can too. If the simple but profound phrase MeToo answered the cries of millions of people who had been sexually assaulted, we can muster the same kind of advocacy to combat climate change.There will always be people who seek to destroy rather than protect our earth and the people who inhabit it. With all change, there are growing pains but as a collective community, we rise above the discomfort and discrimination with steadfast determination and heart. We dig our heels into the soil to preserve and nurture it and the women who have been harmed. We will be louder and stronger than animosity and ignorance and step into our organic roles as organic warriors, the way Mother Nature intended us to.Read original story Rosanna Arquette: How the MeToo and Climate Change Movements Are ‘Intertwined’ (Guest Blog) At TheWrap
The rumour that Frank Sinatra could be Ronan Farrow's real father – and not Woody Allen – has been the talk of Hollywood for decades.
Details of the alleged 2014 incident, including the accuser's identity, were revealed in excerpts from Ronan Farrow's book "Catch and Kill."
Soon-Yi Previn, the wife of Woody Allen, has accused her adoptive mother Mia Farrow of abusive behaviour towards her during childhood.
Harvey Weinstein had a team of lawyers and private investigators who worked to suppress and discredit the allegations of his sexual accusers and journalists, it's alleged.