Debbie Harry Reveals Early-'70s Rape And Escaping Ted Bundy
In her upcoming memoir, Blondie's Debbie Harry talks about some of the darker and more terrifying incidents in her life. The Sun published excerpts from the upcoming autobiography, titled Face It, set for release on October 1st.
Harry recalled being raped while living on Manhattan's Lower East Side in the mid-1970's. According to Harry 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."
Debbie Harry also remembered narrowly escaping the clutches of serial killer Ted Bundy: "For some reason, there were no cabs and I was wearing these big platform shoes. This car kept circling round and round, this guy was calling out, 'Come on, I'll give you a ride.' Finally, I gave in and got in the car. I realized I'd made a big mistake."
She went on to write: "Then I looked over at the door to crank down the window and saw there was no door handle, no crank. I cast my eyes around and saw that the car had been gutted. There was nothing in there. The hairs on the back of my neck stood up, so I stuck my arm out through the crack in the window and managed to open the door from the outside. I was so lucky."
A while back Debbie Harry spoke to England's ITV and shed light on the moment that Blondie started to achieve international acclaim: "It came pretty quickly when we got to that point. The members of that band were greatly responsible for that. And when Chris and I were looking for people, we, we really chose charismatic, exciting people that were volatile. We didn't try to choose sidemen, we chose people that were really, y'know, hot to go."