Alanis Morissette has come out to dispute the apology her former manager, Jonathan Todd Schwartz, gave in an essay published on The Hollywood Reporter. Morissette, one of the biggest singers of the 1990s, says that she is “apprehensive to believe” anything Schwartz says. Schwartz admitted to embezzling millions of dollars from Morissette and other clients, and he is currently facing a jail sentence of at least four years after being convicted of fraud. Morissette sued Schwartz in May 2016 for $4.8 million stolen from her account between 2010 and 2014; the case ended in a settlement by GSO Business Management, the company that Schwartz worked for at the time.
Schwartz blamed a longtime gambling addiction, job stress and drugs for pushing him to commit these crimes. He explained his initial thought process in this way, “At first, I ‘borrowed’ a little from clients, with the hopes that I would pay them back if I won that night’s bet. That snowballed, and as I kept losing, I kept stealing. I kept telling myself that I just needed one lucky break, and I’ll pay them back. That lucky break never came.” He then said that he finally felt strong enough to ask for help once he hit rock bottom. He says that he has now been sober for almost a year and wants to reach out to those he stole from.
Schwartz also seems to want to serve as a cautionary tale for other managers in the entertainment business. “Part of my amends include making sure that others who might be in my former situation, in super stressful jobs where the demands feel overwhelming, do not turn to drugs or gambling to deal with the stress… but seek help from those around them or treatment before it is too late. Please use me as an example of what can go disastrously wrong when you start down the wrong path,” Schwartz wrote in his essay.