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Kara DioGuardi Reveals Past Sex Abuse in New Memoir

Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- In her upcoming memoir, A Helluva High Note, songwriter and former American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi reveals that she was molested as a child, date-raped by a famous record producer and sexually harassed by a "hugely successful artist."

DioGuardi says she first endured sexual abuse at age 11 at the hands of a male family friend.

"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, according to a book excerpt obtained by E! News. "I remember freezing and not knowing what to do."

In 2000, she says, she found herself in a similar situation with a "fairly known producer." After sharing what she thought was a friendly dinner, DioGuardi describes how he forced himself on her. According to E!, DioGuardi repeatedly told him to stop but didn't physically fight him because she feared he'd turn violent. She stayed silent about the incident until now, because she feared it would destroy her career.

A few years later, DioGuardi says, she was sexually harassed by a "hugely successful artist" during a three-day songwriting trip. Instead of working on music, she writes that "the trip's activities consisted of watching Russian porn, scavenging around the kitchen for food [and] leering at two they performed sex acts in the living room."

Still, DioGuardi continued to work with the artist. She writes, "I wasn't gonna let this bastard deter me from doing the job." Eventually, though, she cut off ties with him after he "chased her around the basement of his suburban home and forced her hand on his privates," according to E!

DioGuardi's memoir comes out April 26, a little more than a month before the May 30th premiere of her new reality competition show on Bravo, Platinum Hit.

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Ashley Judd Puts 'Shame' of Sex Abuse Back on Perpetrator

Mike Coppola/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Ashley Judd told the women on The View Wednesday about the shame she experienced after being sexually abused by several men in her life, including a family member. ´╗┐

"Sexual assault is common in this country -- every two seconds," said the actress, daughter of country singer Naomi Judd and sister of country singer Wynonna Judd.

"I know the shame," she said. "We keep it to ourselves in a secretive thing and we all need the courage to undo it. That's one of the things I learned in recovery."

She said the media was responsible for stereotypes about sexual abuse victims and "shaming women," referring to a recent case in Texas. "There's no such thing as consent for a child," she said.

"The perpetrators are shameless," said Judd, whose memoir, All That Is Bitter and Sweet, reveals that she was the victim of incest and abuse. In the book, she also writes about growing up in a dysfunctional family and her history of depression. She stepped away from Hollywood in 2004 to deal with her demons.

Judd said her mother had read parts of her book and her father had been "supportive" in helping her piece together the family biography.

She said she had never told her mother about the abuse.

"Things happened to me as a kid about which I never spoke," she said, referring to the man who had molested her.

Her survival strategies were focusing on her academic work. But in adulthood, those failed her, said Judd.

Today, she said she has a new attitude and doesn't blame her family.

"If I let myself, I could get a pretty robust resentment going," she said. 'By the grace of god, things work better today."

Judd made the audience laugh when asked if she could sing. "I can sing," she said. "But other things I do pretty damn well."

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