Horror! 60 Minutes Correspondent Lara Logan Sexually Assaulted in Egypt

Famed CBS News correspondent is brutally victimized by mob

By Josh Grossberg Feb 16, 2011 12:02 AMTags
Lara Logan

CBS News' war correspondent Lara Logan is recovering in a U.S. hospital after enduring what the network labeled on Tuesday a "brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating" while covering the euphoria in Egypt's Tahrir Square.

Per a statement released by CBS News, the 39-year-old Logan was in Cairo covering the revolution and its successful ousting of President Hosni Mubarak for a story to air on 60 Minutes when "she and 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," said the network. "In the crush of the mob, she was separated from her crew. 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 veteran reporter was subsequently taken back to her hotel and put on the first flight back to the States the next morning and is now recuperating in an undisclosed hospital.

No word on her exact condition. Neither Logan nor CBS News would comment further out of respect for her and her family's privacy.

Unfortunately, Logan isn't the first journalist to suffer injuries during the 18-day protests that led to regime change in the Arab world's most populated country. CNN's Anderson Cooper abruptly left Egypt fearing for his safety after being punched repeatedly in the head while covering the demonstrations in the same square.

"Sickened and saddened by the attack on Lara Logan," Cooper tweeted today. "She is in all of our thoughts and prayers."