Woody Allen: Timothee Chalamet Had to Condemn Me to Increase Chance of Winning Oscar

In his controversial memoir ‘Apropos of Nothing’, the director of ‘A Rainy Day in New York’ claims that the ‘Call Me by Your Name’ actor told the filmmaker’s sister why he had to denounce him.

AceShowbizWoody Allen has insisted Timothee Chalamet was forced to denounce him after working on his movie, “A Rainy Day in New York“, to increase his chances of winning an Oscar for “Call Me by Your Name“.

The veteran director’s controversial memoir, “Apropos of Nothing”, was quietly published on Monday (March 23) by Grand Central Publishing, a branch of Hachette Book Group.

The publication has been overshadowed by renewed allegations of childhood sexual abuse against Allen by his daughter Dylan Farrow, which he addresses in the book, which he claims led to Chalamet, who worked with the filmmaker on the 2019 flick, denouncing him to improve his chances of awards show success.

“All the three leads in ‘Rainy Day’ were excellent and a pleasure to work with,” Allen writes. “Timothee afterward publicly stated he regretted working with me and was giving the money to charity, but he swore to my sister he needed to do that as he was up for an Oscar for ‘Call Me by Your Name,’ and he and his agent felt he had a better chance of winning if he denounced me, so he did.”

Chalamet announced that he would be donating the money he earned on Allen’s film to nonprofit Time’s Up, the LGBT Center in New York and RAINN, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network.

“I am learning that a good role isn’t the only criteria for accepting a job – that has become much clearer to me in the past few months, having witnessed the birth of a powerful movement intent on ending injustice, inequality and above all, silence,” said Chalamet at the time. “I don’t want to profit from my work on the film, and to that end, I am going to donate my entire salary.”

Chalamet later lost out on the prize to Gary Oldman for his role as former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour“.

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Hachette Employees Walk Out In Protest Of Woody Allen’s Memoir, Authors Lash Out Too

Staff of the Hachette Book Group staged a walkout on Thursday in protest of the company’s decision to publish a memoir by director Woody Allen, whose daughter has accused him of molesting her when she was a child.

Employees from several imprints of Hachette ― including Little, Brown and Company and Grand Central Publishing, which is handling Allen’s new book ― were seen rallying outside the company’s offices in New York City.

One Hachette Book Group employee estimated there were over 100 employees who left the office in protest. Another estimate had counted 75 employees earlier Thursday.

Ronan Farrow, Allen’s estranged son and a journalist, tweeted Tuesday that he was “disappointed” that Hachette would acquire his father’s book after many other major publishers declined to do so. Hachette published Ronan Farrow’s 2019 book “Catch and Kill,” which chronicled his reporting on sexual assault allegations against film producer and convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein.

Farrow said he was dropping the publisher over its deal with Allen.

Dylan Farrow, Ronan’s older sister and Allen’s daughter, has alleged that her father sexually abused her when she was 7 years old. Allen has denied the accusation.

“As a Hachette employee, I walked out today in solidarity with the #LittleBrownWalkout, #GrandCentral Walkout, Dylann Farrow, Ronan Farrow, and all survivors of sexual assault,” multiple Hachette employees tweeted Thursday.

Publishers Weekly received an auto-reply email from Grand Central Publishing employees stating that they were walking out of the office in solidarity with the Farrows, the publication reported.

“This afternoon, Grand Central Publishing employees are walking out of the Hachette New York office in protest of the publication of Woody Allen’s memoir,” the email said, according to the Weekly. “We stand in solidarity with Ronan Farrow, Dylan Farrow, and survivors of sexual assault.”

In a statement to The Daily Beast and The New York Times, Hachette stated: “We respect and understand the perspective of our employees who have decided to express their concern over the publication of this book. We will engage our staff in a fuller discussion about this at the earliest opportunity.”

Dylan Farrow tweeted her thanks to the Hachette walkout participants.

“Unbelievably overwhelmed and so incredibly grateful for the solidarity demonstrated by [Hachette] and [Little, Brown] employees today,” she wrote. “From the bottom of my heart, thank you.”

Other authors who are working on books that will be published by Hachette imprints expressed their solidarity with the employees.

Robin Stevenson, author of the upcoming young adult novel “When You Get The Chance,” said she and her co-author Tom Ryan wanted to “add [their] voices” to those of the employees walking out.

N.K. Jemisin, who has published several books with Hachette, urged the company to pay attention to the protesters.

“So apparently my publisher decided to put out a memoir by a notorious child sexual abuser, and the employees have walked off to show solidarity with survivors. As they should,” Jemisin tweeted. “Come on, [Hachette], don’t do this.”

The union for another book publisher, HarperCollins Publishers, also showed its support for the Hachette Book Group employees who were protesting against the company.

“Collective action is how we hold the powerful accountable,” the union said in a tweet.

Allen’s forthcoming memoir, “Apropos of Nothing,” is scheduled to be released on April 7.

Grand Central Publishing and Little, Brown did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s requests for comment.

Read more tweets of support for the walkout below:

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.


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