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Woody Allen in July 2019 in San Sebastián, Spain. Photo: Europa Press News/Europa Press via Getty Images

The memoir of film director Woody Allen, who has been accused of molesting his adopted daughter in the 1990s, was dropped by publisher Hachette Book Group on Friday.

Driving the news: Hachette employees protested the book "Apropos of Nothing" on Thursday by staging a walkout, per the New York Times. The publisher announced on Monday plans for the memoir to be released under its Grand Central brand on April 7.

"The decision to cancel Mr. Allen’s book was a difficult one. At HBG we take our relationships with authors very seriously, and do not cancel books lightly.  We have published and will continue to publish many challenging books.  As publishers, we make sure every day in our work that different voices and conflicting points of views can be heard."
— Hachette Book Group spokesperson Jimmy Franco, in a statement to Axios

What they're saying: Allen's son, investigative reporter Ronan Farrow, encouraged Hachette to "conduct a thorough fact check of Woody Allen's account" earlier this week, and said his sister, Dylan Farrow, was never contacted to respond to denials or mischaracterizations of Allen's alleged abuse.

"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, and 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."
— investigative reporter Ronan Farrow, in an Instagram post earlier this week

Go deeper: Woody Allen files $68 million against Amazon Studios

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Exclusive: GOP Leader McCarthy asks to meet with Biden about the border

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) at CPAC. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has requested a meeting with President Biden to discuss the rising numbers of unaccompanied migrant children at the U.S.-Mexico border, in a letter sent on Friday.

Why it matters: Biden is facing criticism from the right and the left as agency actions and media reports reveal spiking numbers of migrant children overwhelming parts of the U.S. immigration system. Recent data shows an average of 321 kids being referred to migrant shelters each day, as Axios reported.

Vaccine hesitancy drops, but with partisan divide

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

69% of the public intends to get a COVID vaccine or already has, up significantly from 60% in November, according to a report out Friday from the Pew Research Center.

Yes, but: The issue has become even more partisan, with 56% of Republicans who say they want or have already received a coronavirus vaccine compared to 83% of Democrats.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
1 hour ago - Energy & Environment

China's 5-year plan is hazy on climate

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

China's highly anticipated 5-year plan revealed on Friday provides little new information about its climate initiatives, leaving plenty to discuss in multinational meetings this year and lots of blanks for China to fill in later.

Driving the news: The top-line targets for 2025, per state media, aim to lower energy intensity by 13.5% and carbon emissions intensity by 18% — that is, measures of energy use and emissions relative to economic output.

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