Lara Logan: Troubling New Details of Assault in Egypt Revealed

4:55 PM PST 02/21/2011 by THR Staff

The CBS correspondent is “getting better daily,” a friend says.

New details on journalist Lara Logan's sexual assault in Cairo's Tahrir Square have emerged.

According to London's Sunday Times, which cited unnamed sources, a group of men tore the 39-year-old reporter's clothes off, then proceeded to punch and beat her with flag poles during an attack that lasted between 20 and 30 minutes. Parts of her body were also covered in red marks later found to be caused by aggressive pinching, a source said.
 
The security guards she arrived with also sustained injuries, including one who suffered a broken hand.
 
"Lara is getting better daily," a friend told the paper. "The psychological trauma is as bad as, if not worse than, the physical injuries. She might talk about it at some time in the future, but not now."
 
A CBS source added:  “I don’t think anyone knows what happened in that square except Lara.”  
 
Logan, a foreign correspondent for the CBS News show 60 Minutes, was in Cairo to cover the aftermath of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarek's resignation.
 
According to reports, the journalist lost her crew in the frenzy and was immediately swarmed by a hostile crowd that jostled her and started yelling "spy." She suffered what CBS initially called a "brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating," from which she was eventually rescued by about 20 soldiers and women. 
 
Hours later, Logan was flown back to the U.S. She spent five days recuperating in a New York hospital before returning home to complete her recovery with her husband and children.
 
Over 140 journalists covering the Egyptian protests were attacked during the revolution that began on January 25, and many, including Anderson Cooper, were forced to flee the country.
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