ALANIS MORISSETTE REFUSES TO SUPPORT FILM ABOUT “JAGGED LITTLE PILL”
NEW YORK (AP) — Alanis Morissette participated in a new documentary about her “Jagged Little Pill” album. Now she’s disowning the film. Morissette says in a statement the makers of “Jagged” took advantage of her by interviewing her while she was in her third postpartum depression. She says she was lulled into a false sense of security and she became aware of the filmmakers’ “salacious agenda” when she saw the first cut. She says she will not support the documentary, without going into specifics on what she found offensive. One revelation Morissette makes in “Jagged” is that she had sexual encounters when she was 15 that she now calls statutory rape. Director Alison Klayman has not responded to Morissette’s statement. “Jagged” is running at the Toronto International Film Festival this week and will premiere on HBO on Nov. 19.
MARILYN MANSON’S LAWYER: VIDEOGRAPHER KNEW SHE’D HAVE CONTACT WITH BODILY FLUIDS
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Marilyn Manson’s lawyer says a videographer who is accusing Manson of spitting and blowing his nose at her knew what she was getting into. Police say Manson spit at videographer Susan Fountain during a concert in Gilford, New Hampshire, in August 2019, then returned to blow his nose at her. Manson attorney Kent Barker argues in court documents that Fountain was filming from the stage pit area, where videographers often have “incidental contact” with bodily fluids. Barker says Manson is known for “shocking and evocative antics similar to those that occurred here.” Barker says Manson will argue that any contact related to spitting or sneezing was unintentional. Manson faces two misdemeanor counts of simple assault.
PROSECUTORS WANT JURY TO HEAR R. KELLY’S OWN WORDS
NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors in the R. Kelly racketeering trial in New York want the jury to hear audio and video recordings they say are of Kelly threatening his victims. The prosecution filed court documents yesterday saying Kelly is heard on a 2008 tape accusing an unidentified woman of lying, then he assaulted her. Prosecutors say another recording is of Kelly accusing a woman of stealing a Rolex watch from him and saying if she does it again, “Something will happen to you.” The second woman was supposed to be a witness, but prosecutors say she had panic attacks while listening to the tapes to prepare for her testimony. Kelly has denied charges he set up a network of employees to recruit women, girls and boys for sex.
WITNESS SAYS SHE SAW R. KELLY AND AALIYAH IN SEXUAL SITUATION
NEW YORK (AP) — A former backup dancer for R. Kelly testified on Monday in his sex-trafficking trial in New York she accidentally walked in on Kelly performing a sexual act on Aaliyah. The woman testified she opened a door on Kelly’s tour bus around 1993 and found Kelly kneeling in front of Aaliyah, who would have been no older than 14 at the time. The woman said she immediately shut the door and never mentioned it to Kelly. Kelly has pleaded not guilty to racketeering and other charges. Aaliyah died in 2001.
DIONNE WARWICK LOVES “TWOTES”
UNDATED (AP) - Dionne Warwick says she’s “having the best time” being a Twitter star. Interest in her tweets -- or what she calls “twotes” -- exploded when she began posting regularly with her own kind of sass during the pandemic lockdown. Warwick says she’s “the answer to what’s missing on Twitter: a grown-up.” Warwick says smiling is the true answer to life, because with smiling, “you don’t get wrinkles. Frown, you get a wrinkle.” Warwick adds, “I am not going to get a wrinkle anywhere. I refuse.” A documentary called “Dionne Warwick: Don’t Make Me Over” is running now at the Toronto International Film Festival.
SCOTTY McCREERY: IT ALL DEPENDS ON WHICH SONG YOU’RE MESSING UP
UNDATED (AP) - Messing up the words to a song can be funny for Scotty McCreery -- or it can terrifying. McCreery says if he blows a lyric to his own song, the fans just laugh along with him. If he bonks on the words to the national anthem, that’s another story. McCreery says it’s not the easiest song to sing to begin with. On top of that, he says everyone knows those lyrics and are “quick to call you out if you mess them up.” McCreery’s new album, “Same Truck,” is out Friday.
BETTER THAN EZRA MOURN NORM MACDONALD
UNDATED (AP) - Better Than Ezra calls Norm Macdonald “a hilarious man and an absolute legend.” They tweet they are thankful to have been the inspiration behind one of the “’Best Weekend Update Jokes of All Time,’ according to the internet.” Macdonald once joked on “Saturday Night Live,” “And in music news, number one on the college charts this summer was Better Than Ezra. And at number two: Ezra.” Macdonald died yesterday after a private battle with cancer. He was 61.
RED ROCKS WILL TEST PALM-SCAN TICKETS
NEW YORK (AP) — The Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Denver will be the first concert venue to use new technology that allows audience members to enter by showing their palms. Those at the Khruangbin (KRUNG’-bin) concert at Red Rocks were able to connect their palms to ticketing accounts. They will be able to use only their palms to get into that concert and future ones at the venue. Amazon uses the technology in some of its stores, where shoppers can pay by swiping their palms. Privacy experts warn that palm scan information could be hacked and stolen. Amazon says the palm images are in a secure part of its cloud, and users can delete their information anytime.