Alanis Morissette claims in a new documentary that she was 15 years old when several men sexually assaulted her.
In "Jagged," the singer focuses primarily on breaking into the music business, but her story takes a turn when she suggests the music industry is predatory toward women. She then drops a bombshell.
"I'm going to need some help because I never talk about this," she said, according to The Blast. "It took me years in therapy to even admit there had been any kind of victimization on my part."
The men in her alleged incident were older and should have known better, she argues.
"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," she stresses.
The Blast notes that at the time of Alanis' incident the age of consent was 14. It's since been increased to 16.
Alanis did not name the men involved.
Based on her timeline, the incident would have occurred before Alanis released her groundbreaking "Jagged Little Pill" album. Still, she claims that she told several people about the assault, but "it kind of fell on deaf ears."
"Almost every woman in the music industry has been assaulted, harassed, raped. It's ubiquitous — more in music, even than film," she said, while also dismissing people who will inevitably criticize her for revealing her alleged abuse several decades after it took place.
"F- off," she said. "They don't wait 30 years. No one was listening or their livelihood was threatened or their family was threatened."
"Jagged" was released at The Toronto International Film Festival.