Lara Logan on Egypt Sexual Assault: Mob Was ‘Trying to Tear My Limbs Off My Body'

10:45 PM PST 05/01/2011 by THR Staff

In her first interview since the incident, the CBS News chief foreign correspondent describes her attack, which was initiated by an estimated 200-300 men.

CBS News chief foreign correspondent Lara Logan on Sunday gave her first interview about the savage sexual assault and beating she sustained in Egypt's Tahrir Square, just hours before she reported on Osama Bin Laden's death for the U.S. network.

"For an extended period of time, they raped me with their hands," Logan told CBS' 60 Minutes of the incident, as reported by ABC News.

The interview was Logan's first since the attack, which happened two months ago while Logan was covering Egypt's political uprising. The interview was conducted by Scott Pelley, who is expected to be announced as Katie Couric's successor as CBS Evening News anchor any day now. 

Logan, who returned to work Wednesday, said the attack was initiated by an estimated 200-300 men, who separated her from her news crew and bodyguard. It lasted a half-hour, with the mob "trying to tear my limbs off my body." 

"There was no doubt in my mind that I was in the process of dying," she told Pelley. "I thought not only am I going to die, but it's going to be just a torturous death that's going to go on forever."

Logan was rescued by a group of women and about 20 Egyptian soldiers and then spent four days in the hospital. 

"I am so much stronger" now, Logan said, adding she hoped her story would empower other victims of sexual assault, especially female journalists.

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