Friday, July 10, 2020

Fmr ’60 Minutes’ Correspondent Launches $25M Lawsuit

Former 60 Minutes correspondent Lara Logan is suing New York magazine and writer Joe Hagen over a five-year-old article she claims damaged her career.

The defamation suit states that Logan believes a 2014 New York magazine piece entitled Benghazi and the Bombshell irrevocably altered her 16-year career at CBS News.

The article heavily criticized Logan’s reporting on the 2012 Benghazi attack.

Fox News further reports:

The New York magazine story stemmed from a “60 Minutes” broadcast on October 27, 2013, about an attack on a US government diplomatic compound in 2012 in Libya, which killed US Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. The piece by Logan was ultimately retracted when it turned out one of the on-the-record subjects, a British security contract named Dylan Davies, had lied about his actions that night.

Logan was not the only one fooled. Simon & Schuster – which, like “60 Minutes,” is owned by CBS – was forced to recall Davies’ book “The Embassy House” when it turned out his account of that night was discredited.

Logan said she apologized for her “mistake” regarding Davies on “CBS This Morning” in November 2013, but that key parts of the story held up. She claims the decision by “60 Minutes” to pull the story “was motivated by politics.”

Despite that hiccup, Logan gradually worked her way back into the good graces of her bosses over the next seven months – until New York magazine published Hagen’s article.

“The plan for Logan’s return to ‘60 Minutes’ was entirely and completely derailed after publication of the Hagan Hit Piece,” the suit claims. Among the false statements, she says, was a gang rape she suffered in Egypt while on assignment, which Hagan characterized as a “groping.”

Logan is seeking $25 million in damages.

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