Kara DioGuardi: Producer Date-Raped Me

Former Idol judge's memoir also reveals child molestation
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 19, 2011 8:37 AM CDT
Kara DioGuardi: Producer Date-Raped Me
Singer/songwriter Kara DioGuardi attends the 2009 GRAMMY Salute to Industry Icons honoring Clive Davis at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 7, 2009 in Bevery Hills, California.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Another celebrity is revealing details of sexual abuse in a new memoir. This time it's former American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi, who discusses several disturbing incidents in her A Helluva High Note, out next week, E! reports. In 2000, she writes, a "fairly known producer" date-raped her after dinner, and she never told anyone for fear her career would be ruined. But her troubles began long before that, when she was molested as a child.

At age 11, she writes, a family friend's teenage son repeatedly molested her, once in a back shed at his house. Click for more from DioGuardi's memoir, including the sexual harassment she suffered from a "hugely successful artist." (Read more Kara DioGuardi stories.)

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