CBS' Lara Logan describes being sexually assaulted in Egypt's Tahrir Square
April 28th, 2011
07:36 PM ET

CBS' Lara Logan describes being sexually assaulted in Egypt's Tahrir Square

CBS News correspondent Lara Logan broke her silence in an interview published in The New York Times Thursday about being sexually assaulted in Egypt's Tahrir Square while covering the country's political uprising.

Logan said she thought she was going to die after a group of men ripped her away from her producer and bodyguard on February 11 as she was preparing a story for "60 Minutes." They tore at her clothes and groped her body for about 40 minutes, she told the newspaper.

"For an extended period of time, they raped me with their hands,” Logan said, estimating the attack involved 200 to 300 men. "What really struck me was how merciless they were. They really enjoyed my pain and suffering. It incited them to more violence."

Logan is expected to describe the attack in greater detail on "60 Minutes" Sunday night.

The assault occurred while she and a camera crew traversed Tahrir Square to capture the celebrations after President Hosni Mubarak's announcement that he would resign.

Egyptian colleagues accompanying the camera crew heard men nearby talking about taking off Logan’s pants, the newspaper reported.

"Our local people with us said, 'We've gotta get out of here.' That was literally the moment the mob set on me."

She was separated from her producer and two locally hired drivers, Jeff Fager, the chairman of CBS News and the executive producer of “60 Minutes,” told the Times. Her bodyguard was only able to hold onto her for a brief period.

A group of women and about 20 Egyptian soldiers intervened to rescue the correspondent, the network said. She was flown back to the United States.

The interview marks the first time she has commented publicly about the assault, which the network reported four days after it occurred. There were no reports of arrests made in the incident.

Earlier during the Cairo protests, Logan and her crew were detained overnight and interrogated.

Logan told the Times she decided almost immediately to not keep silent about the attack and chose to speak about sexual violence on behalf of "millions of voiceless women who are subjected to attacks like this and worse."

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    April 29, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Gary Johndro

    Me too popeye,me too. Too-da-loo.

    April 29, 2011 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. sami

    what is going on in egypt know after the great january 25th revelution.
    Are we giong to be another iran ruled by khominies?
    We are all very troubled.
    Can someone calm us down a little bet.

    May 1, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. laura

    What a bunch of animals. Those men deserve whatever evil, sadistic, military regime comes along next to "lead" them. This is why areas like this will never have a democracy, or a sane leader. The people are sick, they're violent, and the only thing they understand is fear, either being inflicted on them, or by them. Do us a favor Obama, nuke them all and build a Hilton on Mecca.

    May 7, 2011 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
    • adam

      finally, someone with an opinion thats on the mark

      May 7, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stacee

      I agree 100%!!!

      May 11, 2011 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • bob from toronto

      lmao, everyone is a person and are all the same inside, whether you are white black brown, yellow or whatever and you would be stupid to think that this same thing doesnt happen in the united states every single day

      May 13, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • howlyn

      I agree, except for the nuke part.

      May 15, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave

      Logical fallacies abound in your post. The actions of a few do not speak for the character of the nation.

      May 22, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. howlyn

    The Muslims in the Mid East cannot govern themselves, and their actions, time and time again illustrate this. Unfortunately, they are raised from birth with a mind-set that promotes violence and a herd mentality, and which stifles free thinking. The kicker, is that they are poor, ignorant and with a low standard of living. Their leaders keep them this way so that they can have their palaces, their cars and their European vacations. The clever part is that the Saudi Family, Khadafi and his sons of Libya and al-Assad of Syria, to name a few, place the blame for their subjects deplorable life on the United States and its close ally, and Western-style country: Israel. These poor, ignorant, indoctrinated people take the bait and blow themselves up because the after-life HAS to be better than their worthless lives. At least in death, their lives will have some meaning. Education is the key but was was also true of their distant ancestors. Unfortunately, little progress has been made.

    May 15, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Larry M

    Though I feel horrible at what happened to Ms. Logan, I am not at all surprised. Hearing about the atrocities committed against women in Arab countries on a nearly daily basis, "honor" killings, genital mutilation of girls, absence of freedom of movement and expression, having to hide their faces and bodies or risk the same kind of treatment Ms. Logan received etc. etc. etc. one almost becomes numb to these offenses–almost being the operative word. What kind of animals do such things? But our President thinks it is more important to force a "peace" upon Israel with the same kind of animals i.e. Hamas and Hezbollah than to address and condemn these things. Wake up and smell the coffee, these people do not deserve a country. They are only deserving of our disgust and disdain. Ms. Logan, you are a very brave woman to shine a light on the conduct of these beasts. I wish you well, and hope you can overcome the horror you lived through.

    May 21, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
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