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
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