The news correspondent suffered a "brutal and sustained sexual assault," CBS reveals

By Charlotte Triggs
February 15, 2011 05:10 PM

On the same day Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak stepped down from power, a female 60 Minutes correspondent was brutally sexually assaulted in Egypt, her network revealed Tuesday.

“CBS correspondent Lara Logan was covering the jubilation in Tahrir Square for a 60 Minutes story when she and her team and their security were surrounded by a dangerous element amidst the celebration,” says a statement released by CBS. “It was a mob of more than 200 people whipped into frenzy.”

During the event, which happened Feb. 11, Logan “was separated from her crew. She was surrounded and suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating before being saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers,” the statement continues.

Logan, who had been detained by Egyptian authorities in Cairo a week earlier, finally “reconnected with the CBS team, returned to her hotel and returned to the United States on the first flight the next morning.”

She is currently recovering in the hospital.