Lara Logan on Tahrir Square Attack: ‘They Raped Me With Their Hands’


Lara Logan has given her first interview since her brutal sexual assault in Cairo’s Tahrir Square back in February, when she was covering the tumultuous regime change that emanated in part from that center of protest. From the Times:

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,” Ms. 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.

My clothes were torn to pieces,” she told Brian Stelter.

My clothes were torn to pieces,” she told Brian Stelter.

At first, she said, the crowd was welcoming to her, asking for pictures with her, a rare American journalist on the ground. (Few other on-camera personnel were in the actual square — many, including Al Jazeera, reported from a safe distance.) Then, Logan said, “there was a moment that everything went wrong.”

Logan is expected to tell her story in more detail on 60 Minutes this Sunday, but the Times story is worth a read — it’s very scary. “What really struck me was how merciless they were,” Logan said. “They really enjoyed my pain and suffering. It incited them to more violence.”

CBS Reporter Talks About Her Assault in Egypt [NYT]