Former CBS News reporter Lara Logan was gangraped “with flagpoles and sticks” while covering the Arab Spring in Egypt nine years ago, she says in a new interview.
Logan was in Cairo covering the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak when she was brutally attacked by a group of men on Feb. 11, 2011.
Image shows journalist Lara Logan of CBS News questions U.S. Soldiers in Camp Victory in Baghdad, Iraq, in 2006 Credit: Getty Images
The journalist has spoken about the ordeal before, but said previous accounts of the attack had been downplayed by the media.
“You can’t have a #MeToo movement standing up for women and righting the wrongs of the past but say nothing about a female journalist who was gang-raped and almost died,” she told Newsweek in an interview that was published Monday.
She described the sexual assault in great detail.
A large group of people, believed to be “pro-American,” were celebrating when Logan said her terrified translator urged her to start running.
“I felt people grabbing between my legs,” she recalled to Newsweek.
“I was quite stunned. Our security, Ray Jackson, and the rest of us ran, and others in the crowd were running with us.
“I thought we were getting away, but some of the men running with us became my rapists.”
She said that Jackson told her to stay on her feet and try to hold on to him.
“If I was knocked down, I’d die,” she told Newsweek.
“I fought the assault as best I could for 15 minutes, but they tore all my clothes off and raped me with their hands, with flagpoles and with sticks.
“They sodomized me over and over. They were fighting for my body. I couldn’t hold on to Ray any longer.
“There was a moment I gave up, but I kept thinking about my two babies.”
She said “it was so hard to breathe; there was so much pressure on my rib cage.”
“They tried to rip my limbs off,” she told Newsweek.
“I went down and I couldn’t get up. It was a mad frenzy for a piece of me.
“They tried to scalp me with their hands, ripping out clumps of my hair.”
She said she was dragged into an area where women and children had been protesting, and landed in the lap of a woman.
“I was naked and hysterical, and some boys stood between the men and this Egyptian woman,” she said.
“People threw clothing at me. It was amazing I could be so humiliated while so close to death.”
Logan, now 49, would spend four days in a US hospital.
She believes that her rape was downplayed because of political reasons, and says the attack was described as “groping” in a 2014 New York magazine profile.
A lawsuit by Logan for defamation is still pending.
“When someone says I was merely groped, I don’t forget. And I don’t forgive,” Logan told Newsweek.
She added that “what also concerned me was that the truth would be adjusted and then rewritten over time and eventually lost.”
Her new show on Fox Nation titled Lara Logan Has No Agenda examines liberal bias in the media.