Debbie Harry pulls no punches in her just-released autobiography, Face It. In the memoir, the Blondie singer talks freely about her adoption, heroin addiction, and a mid-1970's rape while living on Manhattan's Lower East Side. In the book, Harry recalled an intruder broke into her and then-lover and Blondie guitarist Chris Stein's apartment and tied the couple up. She went on to reveal, “Then he poked round searching for anything worth anything. He piled up the guitars and Chris’s camera and then he untied my hands and told me to take off my pants. He f***ed me. And then he said, 'Go clean yourself.' The stolen guitars hurt me more.”

In a new chat with The Guardian, Harry talked in depth about the attack — and how she allowed it to affect her life, explaining, “I mean, I was angry and I felt victimized. I wasn’t beaten or harmed physically, it was all emotional or mental. Being raped — or f***ed — by some stranger against my will at knifepoint, y'know. . . It wasn’t a happy moment in my life, but I really, seriously, empathize with women who are beaten. That would be something that (would lead to) emotional ramifications for the rest of my life. But this doesn’t.”

She went on to say, “It is ludicrous and it is kind of funny that I would say it, but, truly, I wasn’t physically molested. I went on with my life. But as I say, I wasn’t beaten or assaulted and I think that, coupled with being sexually violated, is truly awful. Then you are really made to feel powerless.”

Harry went on to admit it might've been too personal a tale to share with the public: “I’m sort of wondering if I should have left it out (of the book), but it’s part of the story. I can’t explain it. I didn’t want it to. I just said: 'I’m not hurt, I’m alive, I’m doing what I want to do, I have a wonderful boyfriend' — and that was it. I had to consider what was important to me, and being a victim was really not who I wanted to be.”

When we last caught up with Debbie Harry, we asked her how Blondie's shows seem to always snag younger college age kids year after year. She told us that with radio playing so hard to specific and narrow demographics, the Internet provides a wider range of musical choices for perspective fans that radio ever did: “Y'know, my audience is, y'know, the spectrum of ages. It's not just one little demographic, it's a lot of different demographics and I think people now, because of the Internet, they really get to choose. They're not really being force-fed. They can really select, they can shop, they can listen, they can. . . y'know, it's a much more open field.”

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