Hachette Book Group has decided to cancel the publication of Woody Allen's forthcoming memoir after dozens of employees walked out of their offices in Midtown on Thursday in protest.

"Hachette Book Group has decided that it will not publish Woody Allen’s memoir A Propos of Nothing, originally scheduled for sale in April 2020, and will return all rights to the author," Hachette said in a statement. "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."

"Also, as a company, we are committed to offering a stimulating, supportive and open work environment for all our staff," they added. "Over the past few days, HBG leadership had extensive conversations with our staff and others. After listening, we came to the conclusion that moving forward with publication would not be feasible for HBG."

On Monday, Ronan Farrow—whose book Catch And Kill was published by Hachette imprint Little, Brown and Company last year—cut ties with Hachette after it was announced that they would be publishing Allen's book. “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,” Farrow said. “Hachette did not fact check the Woody Allen book.”

Dylan Farrow, Ronan's sister, has accused Allen of sexually abusing her when she was seven-years-old. Allen denies the allegations, calling them “false” and “outrageous," and was never charged. Farrow called Hachette's decision "deeply upsetting" and a "betrayal."

On Thursday, employees from various Hachette imprints went to Human Resources to lodge a complaint; around 75 employees then staged a walkout to protest the book's release. “We stand in solidarity with Ronan Farrow, Dylan Farrow and survivors of sexual assault,” the employees said in a statement.

Employees, who asked that their names not be used for fear of retaliation, told Gothamist they hoped Hachette would reconsider publishing the book. "They popped this book on us, and I think most people in publishing are pretty against sexual assault, as a whole, and this is really upsetting," one woman who works at an imprint within Little, Brown said. "Everyone [in the room] clapped when Little, Brown walked out."

"This is pretty unethical for a couple different reasons, but it's discounting a possible victim if they didn't fact check with her, which I don't think they did," said a woman who works for Little, Brown. Both women said they were relieved to find out other people within the company were upset by the news: "I knew there was probably someone other than myself that was disturbed upon reading the news, but when you're in the position of being employed by this company, you're like, what can I do, what steps can I take to rectify this, if anything? What can I do as an employee?"