Alanis Morissette Says She Was a Victim of Statutory Rape in New Documentary 'Jagged'
The film is set to premiere at TIFF tomorrow
Published Sep 13, 2021National treasure Alanis Morissette is opening up about her early experiences in the music industry in new Alison Klayman-directed HBO documentary Jagged and unsurprisingly, there was some pretty harrowing stuff.
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As reported by The Washington Post, the icon makes multiple allegations of statutory rape in the film.
"It took me years in therapy to even admit there had been any kind of victimization on my part," Morissette said in an interview clip included in Jagged. "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."
While the legendary singer-songwriter didn't name any names, she revealed that she spoke out about the incident(s) at the time.
"I did tell a few people and it kind of fell on deaf ears. It would usually be a stand-up, walk-out-of-the-room moment," Morisette explained. "You know, a lot of people say, 'Why did that woman wait 30 years [to report rape]?' And I'm like, fuck off. They don't wait 30 years — no one was listening or their livelihood was threatened or their family was threatened."
This experience is far too common and It's not the first time the musician has addressed it: in an interview with The Sunday Times last year, she claimed that "almost every woman in the music industry has been assaulted, harassed, raped. It's ubiquitous – more in music, even than film."
The artist is currently on her Jagged Little Pill 25th anniversary tour with Garbage and Liz Phair, which is now skipping Canada. Reportedly, she will likewise not be attending the TIFF premiere of Jagged.
Morisette is set to join fellow Canadian Grimes on the judging panel for CGI singing contest Alter Ego.