Alanis Morissette, one of the biggest music sensations of the 90’s, claimed in a new documentary that multiple men who she denounced as “pedophiles” slept with her when she was just a teenager and that the music industry essentially turned a blind eye.
Morissette, who was a small-time Canadian teen star before making it big with her 1995 “Jagged Little Pill” album, revealed in the film “Jagged” which chronicles her career and centers around a lengthy interview she gave to the filmmakers, that several adult men slept with her when she was only 15 and that it took years to dawn on her that it had been statutory rape.
“I’m going to need some help because I never talk about this,” she says in the film, as reported by The Washington Post.
“It took me years in therapy to even admit there had been any kind of victimization on my part,” the singer continued. “I would always say I was consenting, and then I’d be reminded like ‘Hey, you were 15, you’re not consenting at 15.’ Now I’m like, ‘Oh yeah, they’re all pedophiles. It’s all statutory rape.’”
Morissette did not name any of the abusers, but says that when she told “a few people,” it “kind of fell on deaf ears.”
“It would usually be a stand-up, walk-out-of-the-room moment,” she says.
The Post reported that the film was directed by documentarian Alison Klayman and that the explosive accusations were made roughly three-quarters of the way into the film.
“The movie, which The Washington Post has viewed, chronicles Morissette as she goes from dance-pop prodigy in Canada to confessional poet-musician in Los Angeles several years later. It tracks her collaboration with producer Glen Ballard on the landmark 1995 album ‘Jagged Little Pill’; the 18-month-tour that followed as Morissette achieves and deals with the travails of megastardom; and the ceilings she broke for Taylor Swift, Beyoncé and other female artists,” the newspaper explained.
The film debuted Monday evening at the Toronto Film Festival. Morissette, however, had already said she would not be attending the screening although her reasons were unclear.
“It is unclear which aspects of the film she finds problematic,” the Post reported, explaining that the film is uncritical and she appeared to be a willing and enthusiastic interview subject.
“There is little material that could be considered critical of Morissette from bandmates, collaborators, old friends, pundits and others who appear. Footage of Morissette from the 1990s tour promoting ‘Jagged Little Pill’ is revealing but not incriminating,” the Post noted.
Morissette, who is now 47, was a teen pop star in her native Canada and briefly appeared on a television series. “Jagged Little Pill,” which was released when she was 21, put her on the map, winning multiple awards at the 1996 Grammys.
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