Alanis Morissette has condemned the documentary Jagged about her life story, slamming its “salacious agenda” and saying many of the film’s details are “simply not true.”
Alison Klayman directed “Jagged,” which is making its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Tuesday. In the documentary, Morissette said she was raped by multiple men when she was a 15-year-old pop star in Canada. The Washington Post first reported Morissette’s accusations and added that the singer was upset with the film and would not be attending its premiere.
In a statement, which you can read below, Morissette said she was approached for the film in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of her seminal album Jagged Little Pill, but was interviewed during a “very vulnerable time.” She also said her vision “painfully diverged” from the filmmakers when she saw the first cut of the movie.
In an interview with Deadline published on Tuesday, Klayman largely dodged the controversy, saying, “Of course, it would have been great if she could be here with us, but I’m so grateful for all the time that she did put into making this film.
“It’s a really hard thing, I think, to see a movie made about yourself,” she continued. “I think she’s incredibly brave and the reaction when she saw it was that it was a really–she could feel all the work, all the nuance that went into it. And again, she gave so much of her time and so much of her effort into making this and I think that the movie really speaks for itself.”
Read Alanis Morissette’s full statement
“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). i was lulled into a false sense of security and their salacious agenda became apparent immediately upon my seeing the first cut of the film. this is when i knew our visions were in fact painfully diverged. this was not the story i agreed to tell. i sit here now experiencing the full impact of having trusted someone who did not warrant being trusted. i have chosen not to attend any event around this movie for two reasons: one is that i am on tour right now. the other is that, not unlike many “stories” and unauthorized biographies out there over the years, this one includes implications and facts that are simply not true. while there is beauty and some elements of accuracy in this/my story to be sure— i ultimately won’t be supporting someone else’s reductive take on a story much too nuanced for them to ever grasp or tell.”