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Kara DioGuardi Talks Molestation and Date Rape In Memoir

In her new memoir, former American Idol judge and songwriter Kara DioGuardi reveals she was molested as a child and was date-raped by a well-known music producer.

DioGuardi talks about her sexual trauma in the book and says she was repeatedly molested when she was just 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."

But when her career finally started to take off in 2000, DioGuardi says she was the victim of another attack by a "fairly known producer."

"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," she writes of the encounter.

She said she told him to stop, but didn't try to fight him because she was scared he would become violent.

DioGuardi also opens up about her year on 'American Idol' and her personal reasons for leaving the show.

"I wanted a child and there was no way I could get pregnant under the stress of eighteen-hour work days and live TV," she says. "I had undergone three unsuccessful rounds of IVF during Season 9."

"Leaving was painful and there will always be a part of me that wanted to stay but my desire to be in control of my destiny was larger than my need to be a household name."

We're not quite buying that last point. DioGuardi's new show, Platinum Hit, premieres on Bravo at the end of May.

April 19, 2011 |

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