Lara Logan Breaks Silence, Details Brutal Sexual Assault In Egypt
In her first television interview, which will air this Sunday on CBS' "60 Minutes," Logan told Scott Pelley that during the attack, she thought that "not only am I going to die here, but it's going to be just a torturous death that's going to go on forever and ever and ever."
Logan was assaulted on February 11 while she was preparing a report for "60 Minutes" the day that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was driven from power. Logan was in Tahrir Square when she was suddenly surrounded by a mob and ripped away from her crew and bodyguard. She said her clothes were torn off and that she was beaten.
CBS released a statement a few days after the attack, saying that Logan had "suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating."
In an interview with the New York Times, Logan and Jeff Fager, the chairman of CBS News and the executive producer of "60 Minutes," recounted details of the attack.
The New York Times reported:
As the cameraman, Richard Butler, was swapping out a battery, Egyptian colleagues who were accompanying the camera crew heard men nearby talking about wanting to take Ms. Logan’s pants off. She said: “Our local people with us said, ‘We’ve gotta get out of here.’ That was literally the moment the mob set on me.”
Mr. Butler, Ms. Logan’s producer, Max McClellan, and two locally hired drivers were “helpless,” Mr. Fager said, “because the mob was just so powerful.” A bodyguard who had been hired to accompany the team was able to stay with Ms. Logan for a brief period of time.
“For Max,” the producer, “to see the bodyguard come out of the pile without her, that was one of the worst parts,” Mr. Fager said. He said Ms. Logan “described how her hand was sore for days after — and then she realized it was from holding on so tight” to the bodyguard’s hand.
Logan told The Times that "For an extended period of time, they raped me with their hands. She said she the attack involved 200 to 300 men, and lasted for about 40 minutes before she was rescued by a group of Egyptian women and soldiers.
CBS News reported that after she was rescued:
The soldiers drove her and her team back to their hotel, where she was examined by a doctor. She returned to the U.S. the next day and went directly into a hospital, where she was treated for four days.
When Logan saw her children, 'I felt like I had been given a second chance that I didn't deserve...because I did that to them. I came so close to leaving them, to abandoning them,' she says.
Logan's first day back at CBS was on Wednesday. She has worked as reporter for the network since 2002.
Read Logan's interview with The New York Times here.
Watch a preview clip of Logan's interview with "60 Minutes" here.