Fight Club Author Learns Why He's Going Broke, Apologizes

Chuck Palahniuk was going broke, but not for the reasons he suspected
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 3, 2018 12:50 PM CDT
Fight Club Author Apologizes After Alleged Theft Revealed
Writer Chuck Palahniuk attends the Rome Film Festival, in Rome, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017.   (Claudio Onorati/ANSA via AP)

Strange as it sounds, novelist Chuck Palahniuk apologized and expressed gratitude after learning he's been cheated. The Fight Club author blogged this week that his dwindling income can be attributed to an alleged embezzler at his literary agency who's accused of stealing millions, TorrentFreak reports. "I apologize for cursing my publishers," Palahniuk writes. "And I apologize for any rants about piracy. My publishers had paid the royalties. Piracy, when it existed, was small scale. I do hereby humbly apologize." He had wondered if his Manhattan literary agency Donadio & Olson had a thief, but "that was insanity."

The alleged embezzler, Darin Webb, was arrested May 15 on wire-fraud charges and faces 20 years in prison, the New York Post reports. According to legal papers, the 47-year-old is accused of stealing $3.4 million from the agency and confessed to the crime in a videotaped interview with Donadio & Olson executives. His apparent handiwork came to light when an author complained last fall of not receiving a $200,000 advance. Now, it seems, Palahniuk knows why he's been going broke and paying for his own book-tour shows. He also has friends and colleagues offering money. "So where I'm at doesn't feel so bad," he writes. "In this crisis I feel grateful and touched." (Read more embezzlement stories.)

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