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CBS reporter Lara Logan reveals terrifying details of sex attack in Egypt

The 39-year-old CBS foreign correspondent said she was convinced she was going to die when the frenzied mob tore her away from her film crew and bodyguard in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. A group of at least 200 men beat her, pinched her and tore at her clothes in a 40-minute attack which only ended when a group of women came to her aid.

She had been forced to leave a week before after she was detained and interrogated by Egyptian forces.

Ms Logan and her film crew made their way to Tahrir Square, where a jubilant crowd begged her for autographs .

But suddenly, as was preparing a report for 60 Minutes, the mood turned violent.

The camera battery went down, forcing the crew to stop.

As they worked to replace it her Egyptian cameraman heard one of the men in the crowd say he wanted to pull her pants down in Arabic.

She told CBS: ‘Suddenly, Bahar [the Egyptian cameraman] looks at me and says, “we’ve got to get out of here”.

‘I thought, 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.’

She told the Times: ‘That was literally the moment the mob set on me.’

Jeff Fager, the chairman of CBS News, told the Times her producer, Max McClellan, her two drivers were ‘helpless because the mob was just so powerful’.

He said her bodyguard managed to hold on to her for a while, but the mob proved too strong and carried her away.

Mr Fager said: ‘For Max, to see the bodyguard come out of the pile without her, that was one of the worst parts.’

Ms Logan described how her hand was sore for days afterwards, and she only later realised it was because she had been holding on so tightly to her bodyguard’s hand.

She told the Times: ‘My clothes were torn to pieces.’

The attack lasted 40 minutes. She was only rescued when a group of local women brought 20 Egyptian soldiers to her head.

Mr Fager said he hoped Sunday’s interview would help raise awareness of the sexual violence women journalists face when reporting from conflict zones.

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