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Lady Gaga bares rape by a record producer at 19

Her song 'Swine' addresses the "demoralization, rage and fury" linked to attack.

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Mary Papenfuss
Lady Gaga and Stephen Gan arrive on the red carpet at a Harper's Bazaar event at the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan in September. The singer just revealed that she was sexually assaulted by a record produce when she was 19. UPI/John Angelillo
Lady Gaga and Stephen Gan arrive on the red carpet at a Harper's Bazaar event at the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan in September. The singer just revealed that she was sexually assaulted by a record produce when she was 19. UPI/John Angelillo | License Photo

NEW YORK, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Singer Lady Gaga has revealed in a radio interview that she was raped by a record producer at the age of 19.

She revealed the assault to shock jock Howard Stern as she discussed her new song "Swine" from her 2013 Artpop album.

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"The song is about rape," she told Stern. "The song is about demoralization. The song is about rage and fury and passion. I had a lot of pain I wanted to release."

"You keep alluding to ... were you raped by a record producer?" Stern asked. "Is that what happened?"

She didn't name the producer but said he was 20 years older than Gaga was when he assaulted her some nine years ago.

"I was about 19," she said. "I went to Catholic school and then all this crazy stuff happened and I was going, 'Oh is this just the way adults are?'"

But she said: "I don't want to be defined by it."

Gaga added that she "went through some horrific times" that she has been able to deal with thanks to therapy.

Her revelation quickly became embroiled in other sex assault accusations. Attorney Mark Geragos claimed Gaga's attacker was Dr. Luke, the same record producer who is being sued for sexual assault by his client, Kesha, which Gaga denied.

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