Kara DioGuardi Shares Painful Past Of Childhood Molestation

19 Apr

Former American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi is revealing a past filled with pain in her new memoir, A Helluva High Note, out April 26.

Among the details: She was molested as a child and was date-raped by a well-known music producer, reports E!’s Marc Malkin.

DioGuardi, whose new show Platinum Hit premieres on Bravo on May 30, reveals that she was repeatedly molested when she was 11 by a family friend’s son who was in his late teens.

“On one particular day, he took me into the back shed of his house and put his hands all over my breasts and vagina,” she writes. “I remember freezing and not knowing what to do.”

As for the date rape? It was 2000 and DioGuardi was working with a “fairly known producer” with whom she was having a friendly dinner. “[W]ithin a few hours, he was on top of me, pumping, sweating, and speaking to me in Spanish, not a word of which I could understand,” she writes. She repeatedly told him to stop, but didn’t try to fight him because she was too scared he’d become violent.

And that’s not all. Later, DioGuardi was sexually harassed by a “hugely successful artist.” She was invited to a three-day songwriting trip. But instead of working, she writes, “the trip’s activities consisted of watching Russian porn, scavenging around the kitchen for food [and] leering at two strippers…as they performed sex acts in the living room.”

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