- CBS News war correspondent Lara Logan endured a “brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating” while covering the jubilation in Egypt last week following the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak, the network said today.
In a statement, CBS said Logan was on assignment for “60 Minutes” while covering the festive atmosphere last Friday in Cairo’s Tahrir Square when “her team and their security were surrounded by a dangerous element amidst the celebration. It was a mob of more than 200 people whipped into frenzy.”
During the chaos, Logan, 39, became “separated from her crew” and “suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating before being saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers.”
The separation and assault lasted for roughly 20 to 30 minutes, said a person familiar with the matter, who added that it was “not a rape.”
The network said Logan returned to the US on the first flight the following day.
“She is currently in the hospital recovering,” CBS said, without elaborating. “There will be no further comment from CBS News and Correspondent Logan and her family respectfully request privacy at this time.”
Logan is one of nearly 140 news correspondents who have been injured or killed since Jan. 30 while covering the political unrest in Egypt, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists
CNN Edits Lara Logan Photo
It was the photo seen around the world — the image of CBS News reporter Lara Logan moments before she was brutally attacked in Egypt. CNN has made the decision to edit that photo to obscure the faces of those behind her.
Anderson Cooper was discussing the story on his show Wednesday night when the altered image appeared.
CNN explained the decision by saying that the photo “was being used on our air as we reported about the sexual assault,” Shimrit Sheetrit, a spokeswoman for “Anderson Cooper 360,” told AOL News. “We made a network-wide editorial decision to blur the faces of those around Logan because we didn’t know if those in the photograph were involved in the attack or not.”
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Update: Lara Logan breaks silence on Cairo assault – 60 Minutes May 1st
Lara Logan feared she would die a “torturous death” during a sexual assault and beating she suffered at the hands of a violent mob in Egypt’s Tahrir Square. In her first television interview since her ordeal two months ago, the CBS News chief foreign correspondent and “60 Minutes” reporter reveals what happened to her for the first time in an interview conducted by Scott Pelley.
Logan’s story will be broadcast on “60 Minutes” this Sunday, May 1 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.