‘They’re all pedophiles’: Alanis Morissette, 47, reveals she was raped by multiple men when she was just 15, but it took her years to realize she was a victim of sexual abuse
- Singer Raised Rape Allegations in New Documentary Jagged
- Said several men had sex with her when she was 15 and living in Canada
- Morissette does not plan to attend the movie premiere for unknown reasons
Singer Alanis Morissette has made allegations of rape in a new documentary set to premiere this week.
The Jagged Little Pill singer made the disturbing claims in a documentary that premiered Monday at the Toronto Film Festival, according to the Washington Postwho watched the movie.
The HBO movie, titled Jagged, features an interview in which Morissette says several men had sex with her when she was a 15-year-old Canadian pop star.
“It took me years in therapy to even admit that there had been some form of victimization on my part,” Morissette, now 47, says in the film.
“I’d always say I agreed, and then I’d be reminded, ‘Hey, you were 15, you’re not voting for 15.’ Now I’m like, ‘Oh yeah, they’re all pedophiles. It’s all legal rape.’
Singer Alanis Morissette has made allegations of rape in a new documentary to premiere this week
Morissette says several men had sex with her when she was a 15-year-old Canadian pop star. Above, the superstar singer can be seen as a teenager on Canadian TV
The age of consent in Canada is currently 16. When Morissette was a teenager, it was 14, but set a higher bar “when there is a relationship of trust, authority or dependency.”
Morissette did not name any of the alleged abusers in the film. She said people in the industry had brushed aside her accusations in the past.
“I did tell a few people and it fell on deaf ears,” the singer also revealed. “Usually it was a standing, walk-out-of-the-room moment.”
For reasons unclear, Morissette plans to close the film’s premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, apparently over a dispute with the filmmakers, the Post said.
The paper reported that there is little in the documentary that could be considered unflattering for Morissette, who proved to be an enthusiastic interview subject.
For reasons that remain unclear, Morissette plans to close the film’s premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, apparently over a dispute with the filmmakers.
Director Alison Klayman declined to speculate about Morissette’s feelings when the Post reached out to him.
“Of course I wish Alanis was there. It was a privilege to make this film and I am really proud of it. Hopefully there will be other opportunities for her to come to film events in the future,” the director said.
The film centers on the release of Jagged Little Pill and Morissette’s 1995 tour in support of the album, which became a huge success, selling 33 million copies worldwide.
The alleged assaults Morissette discusses in the film are said to have taken place in the late 1980s, when she was recording demos for Geffen Records.
Morissette was featured in an interview last year. The alleged attacks Morissette discusses in the film are said to have taken place in the late 1980s
In the film, Morissette describes living at home with her parents in Ottawa when she started growing up as a television and dance pop star.
She said unwanted sexual advances were common even when there was no physical abuse.
“There would be a turning point for almost every person I would work with,” she said.
It would “either end the relationship” or “then there would just be a big secret that we would keep forever,” the singer added.