US director Woody Allen attends a press conference for the film 'Cafe Society' ahead of the opening of the 69th Cannes Film Festival in France on May 11, 2016. (AFP/Loic Venance)
Woody Allen's controversial autobiography "Apropos of Nothing" will finally be published in French in June after the first US edition was pulled and then pulped.
His French publisher Stock jumped to the veteran filmmaker's defense in March when Hachette staff in New York walked out when they learned that the company was printing his memoirs.
Allen has been dogged by persistent allegations that he sexually abused his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow when she was a child -- claims he denies.
Her journalist brother Ronan Farrow said he would no longer work with Hachette -- which published his bestseller "Catch and Kill" -- before the books giant decided not to release the memoir.
But Stock's chief executive Manuel Carcassonne said Allen -- whose films are still popular in France -- was "not Roman Polanski", a reference to the filmmaker accused of raping a number of women.
He said Allen "had been cleared twice" by the courts of abuse and "there was no moral or legal obstacle to publishing and supporting him", Carcassonne told French media.
A smaller US imprint, Arcade, picked up the rights to Allen's book and it has since become an Amazon bestseller.
Stock had been due to release the book in France on April 29, but with bookshops shut by the coronavirus lockdown, said it would now appear on June 3.
The book has also been published in Spanish and Italian.
Critical reaction to the memoir has been mixed, particularly in English.
The New York Times damned it with faint praise, saying it is "sometimes funny and tone deaf and banal", while The Guardian said it enjoyed his self-deprecating wit but that the "spiteful tone" in which Allen talks of his marriage to Mia Farrow "helps no one".
Allen settled a US$68 million lawsuit against Amazon Studios in November after it scrapped a four-film deal with the 84-year-old for his comments on the #MeToo movement.
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