Kara DioGuardi: I Was Molested As A Child & Date-Raped By A Producer

Tue, April 19, 2011 5:30pm EDT by 2 Comments

The former ‘American Idol’ judge reveals in a heartbreaking new book that she suffered sex abuse as an 11-year-old and was harrassed even as her songwriting career took off.

Kara DioGuardi tells some dark secrets in her new book A Helluva High Note, describing the horror of being molested as a young girl — and facing date-rape as an adult.

The super-successful songwriter, who went on to become a judge on American Idol, recounts how the teenage son of a family friend repeatedly molested her, starting when she was just 11. “On one particular day, he took me into the back shed of his house and put his hands all over my breasts and vagina,” Kara, 40, writes, according to E! Online. “I remember freezing and not knowing what to do.”

She was haunted by the attacks but she was determined not let the memories hold her back. And, she writes, “I DO NOT (DID NOT) SLEEP WITH ANYONE TO ADVANCE MY CAREER.”

But that didn’t stop men from expecting her to, Entertainment Weekly reports. When her career was on the rise around 2000, a “fairly known producer” date-raped her, Kara writes. They had a low-key dinner but later “he was on top of me, pumping, sweating, and speaking to me in Spanish, not a word of which I could understand.” She tried to get him to stop but decided not to fight him because she was so afraid he’d become more violent. And she kept silent afterward out of fear of sabotaging her career.

It wasn’t the last time she would be abused. DioGuardi later was sexually harassed by a “hugely successful artist” who invited her on what supposed to be a three-day trip to work on songs. But “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.”

Still, Kara kept working with him: “I wasn’t gonna let this bastard deter me from doing the job.” But Kara finally broke off their working relationship after he made her touch his penis when he had her trapped in the basement of his house.

Her tearful times didn’t end with TV stardom. Kara says her Idol gig was cut short because of her struggles to get pregnant: “I wanted a child and there was no way I could get pregnant under the stress of eighteen-hour work days and live TV…I had undergone three unsuccessful rounds of IVF during Season 9.”

Kara’s book will go on sale April 26, and her new Bravo series, Platinum Hit, premieres on May 30.

Get More About Kara DioGuardi Here:

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  2. Kara’s New Talent Show For Bravo!
  3. Will ‘Idol’ Regret Losing Kara?