Alanis will not support the documentary (Picture: Rob Ball/WireImage)
Alanis Morrisette has slammed her own HBO documentary, accusing those behind the film of ‘lulling her into a false sense of security’ and having a ‘salacious agenda’.
The You Oughta Know singer was interviewed at length for the new film Jagged, directed by Alison Klayman, which details her stratospheric rise to fame, culminating with the release of her album Jagged Little Pill in 1995.
However, she will no longer support the film, saying it was ‘not the story I agreed to tell’.
A statement from Alanis’s rep shared with the Los Angeles Times claimed that the Grammy winner was interviewed for the documentary ‘during a very vulnerable time’ in the midst of her ‘third postpartum depression during lockdown’.
The 47-year-old said: ‘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.
‘Not unlike many “stories” and unauthorised 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.’
The film charts the star’s journey to becoming a Grammy winner (Picture: JEFF HAYNES/AFP via Getty Images)
Alanis did not specify what parts of the documentary were untrue.
As well as charting her musical success, the documentary goes into the star’s experience with sexual assault, as she reveals she was raped by several men when she was 15 years old.
In the film, she shares: ‘It took me years in therapy to even admit there had been any kind of victimisation on my part.
‘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 paedophiles. It’s all statutory rape”.’
According to the LA Times, Alanis says before discussing the issue that she is ‘going to need some help because I never talk about this’.
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The star has previously addressed the topic of sexual abuse and assault more broadly in the musical Jagged Little Pill, based on her music.
She previously told the Times in 2020: ‘There was some apprehension to talk about sexual abuse and assault in the show, and my initial thought was, “Why would we avoid this?” My response was, “Look, it’s me. I’ve had this experience in my past, and I’m not afraid of talking about it. I got this. I will be able to support this ongoing conversation in whatever form it shows up.” Doing this wasn’t daunting to me.’
Jagged is set to premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, but Alanis will not be present for the premiere.
Director Alison Klayman told the Washington Post: ‘Of course I wish Alanis could be there. It was a privilege to make this film and I’m really proud of it. Hopefully there will be other opportunities in the future for her to come to film events.’
Metro.co.uk has contacted HBO for comment.