In her new memoir, A Helluva High Note, former American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi revealed that she was repeatedly molested at age 11 by a family friend in his late teens. She also mentions a date rape by a famous music producer. Memoirs: They're a helluva way to air out your closet.
Of her childhood molestation, she writes:
"On one particular day, he took me into the back shed of his house and put his hands all over my breasts and vagina. I remember freezing and not knowing what to do."
Years later, after she'd written several hit singles, she tells of a friendly dinner with a Spanish-speaking record producer that turned ugly.
"[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."
But whatever doesn't kill you etc. etc., because Kara is now one of the most in-demand songwriters/reality show judges around. Paula Abdul, the gauntlet has been thrown down—and everyone knows your skeletons could turn Kara's into a pile of teeth and dust. [E! Online, photo via Getty]