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April 16, 2021

One of the Louisville police officers who shot Breonna Taylor is writing a book, but Simon & Schuster is now backing away from plans to be involved.

The publisher announced it has "decided not be involved in the distribution of" a book written by Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, one of the officers involved in the raid that Breonna Taylor was killed in last year, The New York Times and CNN report.

Officers in March 2020 were executing a no-knock warrant at Taylor's apartment in Louisville, Kentucky, and Mattingly was shot by Taylor's boyfriend, who says he thought they were intruders and was firing a warning shot. Taylor was killed after the officers returned fire. According to the Times, Mattingly "fired at least one of the six shots that hit Ms. Taylor, but not the lethal bullet."

It had previously been reported by the Louisville Courier Journal that Post Hill Press would publish Mattingly's book, The Fight for Truth: The Inside Story Behind the Breonna Taylor Tragedy. But after facing criticism, Simon & Schuster said it only "learned of plans by distribution client Post Hill Press to publish a book by Jonathan Mattingly" on Thursday as this report emerged and will no longer be involved.

Prior to Simon & Schuster's announcement, a spokesperson for Post Hill Press told the Times it was standing by its decision to publish the book, as "in the case of Sergeant Mattingly, the mainstream media narrative has been entirely one-sided related to this story and we feel that he deserves to have his account of the tragic events heard publicly." Mattingly previously sued Taylor's boyfriend for assault and battery last year. Brendan Morrow

March 4, 2020

Ronan Farrow is cutting ties with his book publisher over its plans to release a new memoir by Woody Allen.

Hachette Book Group, which published Farrow's Catch and Kill last year, is set to release the Allen memoir Apropos of Nothing through its imprint Grand Central Publishing. Farrow, Allen's son, in a statement this week said he learned about this only through press reports. Allen's adoptive daughter, Dylan Farrow, has accused Allen of molesting her when she was a child, and Ronan Farrow has supported his sister. Allen has denied the allegation.

In a statement, Ronan Farrow slammed Hachette for having "concealed" its decision to publish Apropos of Nothing from him while he was working on Catch and Kill, which was published by Hachette's imprint Little, Brown and Company. Farrow also said his sister was never contacted about the book, per The Washington Post.

“It's wildly unprofessional in multiple obvious directions for Hachette to behave this way," Farrow wrote. "But it also shows a lack of ethics and compassion for victims of sexual abuse, regardless of any personal connection or breach of trust here."

Farrow, who in 2017 reported on sexual abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein and detailed his investigation in Catch and Kill, concluded that he can no longer work with Hachette "in good conscience." Dylan Farrow previously weighed in on the Allen book, blasting Hachette for its "utter betrayal of my brother whose brave reporting, capitalized on by Hachette, gave voice to numerous survivors of sexual assault by powerful men."

Apropos of Nothing, which is described as featuring Allen's writing on his "relationships with family, friends, and the loves of his life," is set for release on April 7. Brendan Morrow

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