Woody Allen memoir writer would possibly sue HBO over documentary

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Skyhorse Publishing, the imprint behind disgraced director Woody Allen’s 2020 memoir, is contemplating a lawsuit towards HBO over its new documentary sequence, “Allen v. Farrow.”

The writer claims that the four-part investigative sequence, which debuted Sunday on HBO, sampled the audio model of Allen’s guide, “Apropos of Nothing,” with out permission.

Now, Skyhorse is considering submitting a copyright-infringement go well with towards the premium cable firm and the filmmakers of “Allen v. Farrow,” by which Allen’s adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, accuses him of sexual abuse.

“Neither the producers nor HBO ever approached Skyhorse to request permission to make use of excerpts from the audiobook,” mentioned the president of Skyhorse, Tony Lyons, in a press release supplied Monday to The Occasions. “Skyhorse obtained data second hand solely on the very finish of final week that every of the documentary’s 4 episodes makes in depth use of audiobook excerpts …

“[W]e consider that its unauthorized use of the audiobook is obvious, willful infringement below current authorized precedent, and that the opposite episodes will infringe, too, in the event that they applicable the audiobook in an analogous method. … We are going to take the authorized motion we deem essential to redress our and Woody Allen’s rights in his mental property.”

HBO didn’t instantly reply Monday to The Occasions’ request for remark.

In keeping with Skyhorse, an legal professional for the writer contacted HBO final week to warn towards utilizing Allen’s autobiography for the docuseries, which repeatedly pulls from “Apropos of Nothing” to current Allen’s perspective in his personal voice. Skyhorse says HBO has not responded to its message.

In a joint assertion launched Sunday, Allen and his spouse, Quickly-Yi Previn, claimed that HBO provided them “solely a matter of days” to reply to the documentary “lower than two months in the past.” They declined to take part within the doc, which additionally casts suspicion on Allen’s relationship with Quickly-Yi. (Quickly-Yi — the adopted daughter of Allen’s ex-partner, actress Mia Farrow — started courting the director when she was 21 and he was 57.)

“These documentarians had no real interest in the reality,” learn Allen and Quickly-Yi’s assertion. “As an alternative, they spent years surreptitiously collaborating with the Farrows and their enablers to place collectively a hatchet job riddled with falsehoods.”

Launched in March 2020, Allen’s “Apropos of Nothing” was picked up by Skyhorse after it was dropped by Hachette E-book Group, which revealed “Catch and Kill,” authored by Allen’s son, investigative journalist Ronan Farrow. Hachette made the choice to cancel Allen’s memoir below stress from Ronan Farrow, who threatened to chop ties with the imprint over its publishing cope with Allen.

Ronan Farrow additionally seems in HBO’s “Allen v. Farrow,” which incorporates disturbing allegations from the Farrow household concerning Allen’s relationship with Quickly-Yi and alleged abuse of Dylan Farrow. The second episode of the docuseries premieres Sunday on HBO.

“Thanks to everybody for his or her sort phrases, the outpouring of assist means extra to me than I can say,” Dylan Farrow tweeted Monday. “Talking the reality is so tough, however I hope any fellow survivors who watched final night time know they aren’t alone. The reality is one thing that can’t be modified.”

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