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Lara Logan of CBS News Was Attacked and Sexually Assaulted in Egypt

by Maureen Ryan, posted Feb 15th 2011 4:30PM
Lara Logan minutes before she was assaulted in Egypt. Many of the scenes broadcast from Egpyt in recent days have been joyful, but events took a horrific turn for CBS News correspondent Lara Logan on Feb. 11, the day that former president Hosni Mubarak resigned.

CBS News has issued a statement saying on that day, Logan was physically and sexually assaulted by members of the crowd when she was separated from her news crew. The photo here was taken moments before the attack began.

Logan "was covering the jubilation in Tahrir Square for a '60 Minutes' story when she and her team and their security were surrounded by a dangerous element amidst the celebration," according to the statement. "It was a mob of more than 200 people whipped into a frenzy."

"She was surrounded 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 statement continued.

"She reconnected with the CBS team, returned to her hotel and returned to the United States on the first flight the next morning. She is currently in the hospital recovering," according to CBS News.

Several members of the media were roughed up as they tried to cover events in Egypt. CNN's Anderson Cooper was beaten by hostile members of one crowd as he walked the streets on one volatile day. But the ordeal of Logan, who has covered some of the most dangerous hot spots in the world in her wide-ranging career as a news correspondent, sounds particularly horrible.

We can only hope that she is surrounded by friends and family as she recovers from this awful incident. CBS News said it would have no further comment on the matter.



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liberals thought the egyptians were getting democracy, instead they get chaos, just like the conservatives said. its only going to get worse.

February 15 2011 at 6:05 PM

hello don't go there. just like when your hiking dont wonder into iran or hike on the border

February 15 2011 at 6:05 PM
Carole Ann

A sexual assault does not necessarily mean rape. It could mean being touched and grabbed in personal areas. EXT1542 what do you care? Want all the gory details? Does that excite you? Creep!

February 15 2011 at 6:04 PM
Robin Egg Blue

How sad and pathetic. How terrifying for her. I am so glad she is back home.

February 15 2011 at 6:04 PM
James Gray

The media over in Egypt being harrassed and tormented was of great humor to Rush Limbaugh, as I recall, he asked if anybody is supposed to feel bad about it? I guess he only feels bad if a FOX newsperson is affected.

February 15 2011 at 6:03 PM -1

Why would they report about her sexual assault? She's a victim here and I thought it was unethical to give the names of sexual assault victims. Did they really need to report that part of it?

February 15 2011 at 6:03 PM +4

Im anxious to see if the new government investigates and prosecutes any found assilants. Our prayers are with Ms Logan.

February 15 2011 at 6:02 PM +2

I wish for Lara af full and speedy recovery. I admire her courage and determination. It's too bad that CBS doesn't appreciate her and her sacrifices. No further comment??? That's just the type of comment Lara needs to speed her recovery. But, I guess that's the mentality of CBS News. No support when it is most needed. Too bad there isn't anyone other than Lara at CBS that has any brains.

February 15 2011 at 6:02 PM +1

Haven't we already seen enough coverage of the people in the crowds who are bent on violence and destroying everything in sight? Just run the same clips over and over again on the TV coverage, no one will know the difference. Why put American journalist lives in danger to show this crap. Who cares? I think the TV news station that sent her there should pay for their lack of concern regarding this dangerous mission.

February 15 2011 at 6:02 PM +1

I wonder what her security detail was up to? Having a smoke with the Egyptian soldiers? They (the Army) are getting a lot of credit for their restraint so I guess that extends to foreigners getting assaulted in the streets.

February 15 2011 at 6:02 PM +1

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