By Joseph Curl
In a new documentary released this week, singer Alanis Morissette alleges that multiple men had sex with her when she was just 15.
The artist, who had a hit 1995 debut album with “Jagged Little Pill,” makes the disturbing claim in a film titled “Jagged” that premiered on Monday at the Toronto Film Festival, according to The Washington Post.
Morissette, 47, was a pop star in Canada in her youth, appearing on the children’s television sketch comedy “You Can’t Do That on Television” for five episodes when she was in junior high school before she made it big.
“About three-quarters of the way through the movie, Morissette broaches the topic of sexual abuse during her earliest years of fame,” the Post reported, adding:
“I’m going to need some help because I never talk about this,” she begins, before plunging into the topic.
“It took me years in therapy to even admit there had been any kind of victimization on my part,” she says. “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.’”
Who she is referring to remains unclear; Morissette does not name any of her alleged abusers. But she says she issued calls for help and implicates the music industry in not listening.
Morissette said that people in the industry had ignored her in the past. “I did tell a few people and it kind of fell on deaf ears,” the singer said. “It would usually be a stand-up, walk-out-of-the-room moment.”
The singer swept the Grammy Awards in 1996, winning “Album of the Year” and “Best Rock Album,” as well as two other awards.
The film is a glowing assessment of Morisette’s soaring career, which exploded with her first release. “Directed by the award-winning documentarian Alison Klayman, ‘Jagged’ takes a celebratory but nuanced look at Morissette’s life, building around a lively interview at her California home.
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