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Kara DioGuardi Reveals Dark Secret — I Was Molested & Date Raped

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By Cliff Renfrew
Radar Staff Reporter

Former American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi has revealed that she was molested as a child and that, as a young adult, she was the victim of date raped by a well known music producer.

The shocking revelations come in her new book, A Helluva High Note, in which she also lifts the lid on the behind the scenes secrets of American Idol.

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The well-known songwriter says at the age of 11 a teenage family friend repeatedly molested her.

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

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DioGuardi wrote about the revelations in an excerpt posted by E! News.

In another shocker,  DioGuardi tells how as her career was  starting to really take off, she went on a cordial date with a  “fairly known music producer”  who then sexually forced himself upon her after a cordial dinner.

“Within 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,” DioGuardi writes.

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She claimed that she remained silent about the incident to protect her career, but that she was also subjected to sexual harassment from a  “hugely successful artist” who was obsessed with pornography and hiring strippers to perform sex acts for his viewing.

DioGuardi  — who married general contractor Bill McCuddy last July —  also tells how she was struggling to get pregnant via IVF treatments when she dramatically left Idol on Season 9.

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She writes: “I wanted a child and there was no way I could get pregnant under the stress of eighteen-hour work days and live TV. . . My desire to be in control of my destiny was larger than my need to be a household name.”

A Helluva High Note hits shelves April 26; DioGuardi will next appear on TV via Platinum Hit, a new Bravo reality series debuting May 30.

 

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