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Alanis Morissette distances herself from ‘salacious’ new film


Alanis Morissette has distanced herself from what she describes as a “salacious” new film, in which she appears to address being sexually exploited by five men when she was 15.

The singer has agreed to appear in an HBO documentary commemorating the 25th anniversary of her classic album Jagged Little Pill.

However, she added that the film, which also addresses the alleged incidents, “is not the storey I agreed to tell.”

Jagged’s director has yet to respond to the singer’s comments.

Morissette stated in her statement that she was suffering from post-natal depression at the time.

“I agreed to participate in a piece about the celebration of Jagged Little Pill’s 25th anniversary, and was interviewed during a very vulnerable time (while in the midst of my third postpartum depression during lockdown),” the 47-year-old said in a statement.

“I was lulled into a false sense of security, and their nefarious agenda became clear as soon as I saw the first cut of the film.” This is when I realised our visions were painfully diverging.

“This was not the storey I agreed to tell,” she explained further. “I’m sitting here now feeling the full ramifications of having trusted someone who did not deserve to be trusted.”

The Canadian actress went on to say that she has decided not to attend any film-related events, first because she is currently on tour, and second because she believes the film “includes implications and facts that are simply not true.”

Morrissette has said she will not support or promote the film

“While there is beauty and some accuracy in this/my storey, I won’t be supporting someone else’s reductive take on a storey that is far too nuanced for them to ever grasp or tell.”

On Tuesday, before the new statement was issued, the film’s director Alison Klayman told the Washington Post it was “a privilege” to make the film and that she was “really proud of it.

“Hopefully, there will be other opportunities for her to attend film events in the future,” she said.

In light of Morissette’s latest statement, the BBC has reached out to Klayman for additional comment.

According to the Washington Post, in the film, the singer opens up about being sexually exploited by unnamed people in the music industry at the time, a subject she previously addressed in the lyrics of one of her songs, Hands Clean.

The legal age of consent in Canada is 16, but Morissette was 14 at the time. However, the law states that even if both parties are of legal consent age, it must be determined whether the relationship involved an abuse of power or trust.

“It took me years in therapy to even admit I had been victimised,” Morissette says in the film.

“I’d always say I was consenting, and then I’d be reminded, ‘Hey, you were 15, you’re not consenting at 15,’ and now I’m like, ‘Oh yeah, they’re all paedophiles. It’s all statutory rape.”

“I told a few people, but it fell on deaf ears,” she says. “Normally, it would be a stand-up, walk-out-of-the-room moment.”

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