Friday, April 29, 2011

CBS reporter breaks silence on her assault in Egypt

CBS news correspondent Lara Logan will speak on this Sunday's "60 Minutes" about her assault. She told the New York Times that she thought she was going to die in Tahrir Square when she was sexually assaulted by a mob on the night that Hosni Mubarak’s government fell in Cairo. Logan was in the square preparing a report for “60 Minutes” on Feb. 11 when the celebratory mood suddenly turned threatening. She was ripped away from her producer and bodyguard by a group of men who tore at her clothes and groped and beat her body.
“For an extended period of time, they raped me with their hands,” Logan said in an interview with The New York Times. She estimated that the attack lasted for about 40 minutes and involved 200 to 300 men.
Logan, who returned to work this month, is expected to speak at length about the assault on “60 Minutes” on Sunday night.
The assault happened the day that Logan returned to Cairo, having left a week earlier after being detained and interrogated by Egyptian forces.
After the “60 Minutes” segment is broadcast, though, she does not intend to give other interviews on the subject. “I don’t want this to define me,” she said.

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