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Kara DioGuardi appears in a promotional photo for American Idol. - Provided courtesy of Michael Becker / FOX

Kara DioGuardi details sex abuse, rape in memoir

04/19/2011 by Corinne Heller

Kara DioGuardi, a former "American Idol" judge, says in her new memoir that she was sexually molested as a child and raped as an adult.

The 40-year-old Grammy winner, who stars in the upcoming Bravo songwriting competition series "Platinum Hit," says in the book "A Helluva High Note: Surviving Life, Love, and 'American Idol,'" set for release on April 26, that a family friend's son touched her inappropriately when she was 11, according to People magazine.

DioGuardi also says that in 2000, a "fairly known producer" raped her after a dinner date and that years later, a "hugely successful" music artist she had worked with forced her to touch his crotch while they were in his home. She says she walked out.

DioGuardi joined "American Idol" as a fourth judge in 2009, alongside Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul. Abdul quit later that year and in 2010, DioGuardi and Cowell left their jobs as part of a series overhaul made amid declining ratings.

DioGuardi says in her book that she found out she may be axed from the show by reading about it online and that the stress of "American Idol" affected her ability to get pregnant, adding: "I had undergone three unsuccessful rounds of IVF during Season 9."

DioGuardi and singer Jewel are headlining "Platinum Hit," a songwriting competition show set to debut on the Bravo cable network on May 30.

They will be joined by guest judges such as Leona Lewis, a singer who won "The X Factor," a UK series from former "American Idol" host Simon Cowell, as well as Natasha Bedingfield, Donna Summer, Jermaine Dupri and Taio Cruz.

Cowell is launching a U.S. version of "The X Factor" in the fall. Unlike the show and "American Idol", the 12 contestants on "Platinum Hit" will not be able to rely on voting by viewers to stay in the competition. "It's up to the judges," DioGuardi told OnTheRedCarpet.com host Rachel Smith at ELLE magazine's recent "Women in Music" event in Los Angeles. "Lots of drama." (see video interview)

Additional reporting by Rachel Smith, co-host of KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).

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