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Tony Robbins’ Upcoming Book Dropped by Publisher in Wake of Misconduct Allegation

From NBC News:

Simon and Schuster will no longer publish a book co-authored by Tony Robbins that was to be released in July following reports of alleged misconduct and abuse by the self-help guru.

A spokesman at Simon and Schuster told NBC News on Thursday, “We are not proceeding with publication of ‘The Path.'”

Robbins was listed as co-author of a forthcoming book, “The Path: Accelerating Your Journey to Financial Freedom,” with Peter Mallouk, president of wealth management firm Creative Planning.

The decision by the publisher comes after Robbins was accused of making inappropriate sexual advances on fans and staff and berating abuse victims in an investigation published this month by BuzzFeed News.

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NBC News has not spoken to BuzzFeed’s unidentified sources. It was not clear how many women BuzzFeed spoke to for its report.

Robbins vehemently denied the claims in a response on the website Medium on May 17, saying in part that the news outlet was publishing an “inaccurate, agenda-driven version of the past, pierced with falsehoods.”

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“As Mr. Mallouk has publicly stated that while his book was in the works, contractual terms were never reached nor finalized with its planned publisher,” Jennifer Connelly said. “It is a false and misleading characterization to state that this was a book authored by Mr. Robbins.”

Link to the rest at NBC News

PG says stories like the OP should make all of us grateful that large publishers like Simon & Schuster take their roles as careful, cultivated curators of culture™ so seriously. What author would not feel nurtured and secure in the arms of such people?

Perhaps S&S should partner with BuzzFeed to seek deeper and more meaningful (or higher and more inspiring) writing in the future.

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5 Comments to “Tony Robbins’ Upcoming Book Dropped by Publisher in Wake of Misconduct Allegation”

  1. I like your commentary PG. I feel “naked” without the protection of a Big publisher.

    • Everybody needs some nurturing, but as a friend once said about a publisher, “A shrink would have cost much less.”

  2. He was just the co-author – wonder if S&S had a reason to want to hurt the author as well?

    Self-publish it and tell S&S where to stick the profits they won’t be seeing.

  3. Isn’t relying on Buzzfeed prima faci evidence of gross negligence?

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