I was date raped: `American Idol` judge Kara DioGuardi

Updated: Apr 20, 2011, 18:22 PM IST

Los Angeles: Former `American Idol` judge Kara DioGuardi has revealed that she was date raped by a well known producer ten years ago, in her memoir.

The 40-year-old songwriter writes about her experience in the autobiography `A Helluva High Note`, where she reveals the music producer forced himself on her after a dinner out, reported a website.

"Within a few hours, he was on top of me, sweating, and speaking to me in Spanish, not a word of which I could understand," DioGuardi writes about the incident adding that she kept the rape a secret for fear it would ruin her career.

DioGuardi, who appeared as an American Idol judge on seasons eight and nine, also discusses her departure from the contest , explaining she left while trying to get pregnant via IVF treatment.

"I wanted a child and there was no way I could get pregnant under the stress of eighteen-hour work days and live TV. I had undergone three unsuccessful rounds of IVF during
the ninth season," she writes.

DioGuardi makes a return to the small screen when she appears in `Platinum Hit`, a new Bravo reality contest series debuting in the US on May 30.

PTI