Kara DioGuardi Reveals Multiple Instances of Sexual Harassment in Music Industry
10:17 AM PDT 4/19/2011 by THR staff
She says she was date-raped in 2000 by a "fairly known producer” and forced to watch “sex acts” during a three-day "songwriting trip" with a "hugely successful artist."
In her new memoir A Helluva High Note, former American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi reveals she was molested as a child.She says the abuse started when she was 11 at the hands of a family friend's son. "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 in the book, to be published April 26. “I remember freezing and not knowing what to do." Years later, she experienced more pain when she was date-raped in 2000 by a "fairly known producer.” After sharing what she thought was a friendly dinner, she writes: “...He was on top of me, pumping, sweating and speaking to me in Spanish, not a word of which I could understand.” She said she was afraid to fight him off, fearing he would hurt her. In the book, DioGuardi (whose new Bravo show Platinum Hit debuts May 30) also opens up about workplace harassment, revealing that she was once sent on a three-day "songwriting trip" with a "hugely successful artist." DioGuardi said "the trip's 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." She ignored the inappropriate conduct ... until the artist made the moves on her in his basement home and forced her hand to his crotch. That’s when she said she walked out.
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