According to CBS News, reporter Lara Logan
"suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating before being saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers." She was hospitalized after returning to the United States.
Logan, an experienced reporter who had covered the frontlines of both Iraq and Afghanistan. She was in Egypt to interview Wael Ghonim, the Google executive who was intstrumental in the protests that eventually led to Mubarek stepping down from office.
In Tahrir Square, however, "she and her team were surrounded by a dangerous element amidst the celebration," according to CBS. "It was a mob of more than 200 people whipped into a frenzy." Logan was separated from her crew "in the crush of the mob."
The horrifying incident occured one week after Logan and her crew were arrested by soliders in Egypt. "We were detained by the Egyptian army," said Logan, speaking to Esquire
. "Arrested, detained, and interrogated. Blindfolded, handcuffed, taken at gunpoint, our driver beaten. It's the regime that arrested us. They arrested [our producer] just outside of his hotel, and they took him off the road at gunpoint, threw him against the wall, handcuffed him, blindfolded him. Took him into custody like that."
Logan is recovering in an American hospital. According to media reporter Howie Kurtz, she is in "remarkably good spiritis."