In her autobiography, “A Helluva High Note,” songwriter and former “American Idol” judge, Kara DioGuardi reveals a history of sexual abuse dating back to age eleven when, she alleges, a teenage family friend repeatedly molested her. Also in her book, she discloses how a “fairly known music producer” sexually forced himself upon her on what she thought was a platonic dinner date and how she was also subjected to sexual harassment by a “hugely successful artist” who was obsessed with pornography and hiring strippers to perform sex acts for him to watch.
Now, Kara’s ex-politician father, who served in the House representing the 20th Congressional district of New York from 1985 to 1989, worries that all these revelations have obscured the actual point of his daughter’s book.
He said, “Kara has written a wonderful book to try and inspire young people – it is about how she managed to succeed in the music industry. People have focused though on these other aspects.”
Kara and her father have a close relationship which has not been spoiled by these revelations. Her mother died in 1997 after fighting ovarian cancer for several years.
Kara married general contractor Bill McCuddy last July and a lot of the book also talks about her struggle to become pregnant through IVF treatments, and how that promoted her unexpected exit from the “American Idol” judging panel on Season 9.
“I wanted a child and there was no way I could get pregnant under the stress of eighteen-hour work days and live TV.”
“A Helluva High Note” is on sale from Tuesday, April 26, but will you be reading it? And are you more interested in her sexual abuse revelations by unnamed celebrities or the other details of Kara DioGuardi’s life and her struggle to become a mother?
Kara will next appear on out screens in “Platinum Hit”, a new Bravo reality series debuting May 30.