Kara DioGuardi: I Was Molested, Date Raped

Posted Tuesday April 19, 2011 10:57 AM GMT

On the brink of the release of her new memoir, it was revealed that Kara DioGuardi was molested and later date raped by a music producer.

In Helluva High Note, the former “American Idol” judge admitted that she was repeatedly molested by a teenage family friend when she was 11 years old.

Then, just as her music career began to take off in 2000, DioGuardi says she was date raped by a “fairly known producer” following 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 recalled.

Kara said she never revealed what had happened because she feared the consequences it could have on her professional life.

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