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Alanis Morissette slams ‘Jagged’ ahead of Toronto film festival premiere

Toronto, Canada, Sep 14 (EFE).- Canadian singer Alanis Morissette has slammed “Jagged,” a documentary about her life, just hours before it was to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) Tuesday.

The film, produced by HBO and for which Morissette gave hours of interviews, shows the rise of the 47-year-old Ottawa-born artist, from her appearance in the music world in the late 1980s to the 1995 release of album “Jagged Little Pill,” which catapulted her to stardom.

Despite her collaboration with the filmmakers, the artist showed her displeasure with the final product on Tuesday and refused to participate in the premiere of the film, which will be broadcast on HBO on Nov. 19.

In a statement issued by her publicist, Morissette said that she agreed to participate in the documentary by director Alison Klayman to commemorate the 25th anniversary of “Jagged Little Pill,” however “this was not the story I agreed to tell.”

“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,” she said.

The production includes Morissette’s allegations that she is a survivor of statutory rape by multiple men as a teenager and that no one appeared to want to help her at the time, the Washington Post reported earlier in the week. In the past, she had already revealed that she had suffered sexual abuse.

In the statement from her publicist, the singer said she was interviewed “during a very vulnerable time” as she was suffering from postpartum depression during lockdown.

Morissette added that “I sit here now experiencing the full impact of having trusted someone who did not warrant being trusted,” and she has chosen not to attend events around the film as it “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,” she concluded. EFE


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