The singer's memoir, Face It, is out October 1

By Robyn Merrett
August 07, 2019 12:25 AM
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Debbie Harry
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Blondie singer Debbie Harry is speaking out about a traumatic experience she endured in the early days of her music career.

In her upcoming memoir Face It, Harry, 74, spoke of the early days of Blondie when she says she was the victim of a violent assault.

In a section of the book, which was first reported by The Sun, Harry recounted that one night she and her then-boyfriend guitarist Chris Stein were accosted by a man at Stein’s home in New York City.

The unidentified robber “poked round searching for anything worth anything,” she wrote.

She wrote that the man then “piled up the guitars and Chris’ camera and then untied my hands and told me to take off my pants,” according to the outlet.

“He f—ed me. And then he said, ‘Go clean yourself,'” Harry wrote.

Debbie Harry
Debbie Harry
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In her book, Harry shrugged off the attack, per The Sun.

“The stolen guitars hurt me more,” she wrote.

The incident is believed to have taken place before Blondie gained mainstream success in the 1970s. It is not known whether or not Harry reported the rape to police.

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Since emerging on the scene, Blondie has been recognized for being pioneers in the punk rock scene.

The group is most known for their 1978 album Parallel Lines.

Following its release, the band went on to drop several hit singles including “Heart of Glass,” “Call Me,” “Rapture” and “The Tide Is High.”

The band broke up in 1982 and Harry embarked on a solo career.

She released KooKoo in 1981 and Rockbird in 1986. Blondie reformed in the ’90s and is currently on tour. They are set to perform in Santa Barbara on Aug. 7.

Face It is out Oct. 1 and published by Harper Collins.

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, please contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) or go to