Former “60 Minutes” correspondent Lara Logan is looking for $25 million in a defamation suit filed in opposition to author Joe Hagan and New York Media for a bit revealed 5 years in the past titled “Benghazi and the Bombshell.”
The New York journal story stemmed from a “60 Minutes” broadcast on October 27, 2013, about an attack on a US authorities diplomatic compound in 2012 in Libya, which killed US Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three different Individuals. The piece by Logan was finally retracted when it turned out one of many on-the-record topics, a British safety contract named Dylan Davies, had lied about his actions that night time.
Logan was not the one one fooled. Simon & Schuster – which, like “60 Minutes,” is owned by CBS – was pressured to recall Davies’ e book “The Embassy House” when it turned out his account of that night time was discredited.
Seven months after the “60 Minutes” piece aired, Hagan revealed a narrative Logan’s swimsuit now claims contained “false and defamatory statements” that “caused substantial harm to Logan’s personal and professional reputations.”
“The headline reference to ‘Bombshell’ was both sexist, insulting and defamatory at the same time,” the swimsuit contends. “The word was intended to portray Logan as a dangerous and untouchable and incendiary reporter.”
Hagan wrote on the time that “Logan’s star power blinded her superiors to her flaws” and that she was positioned on “60 Minutes” by CBS’ then-boss, Les Moonves, who resigned in 2018 amid sexual harassment allegations.
Logan stated she apologized for her “mistake” relating to Davies on “CBS This Morning” in November 2013, however that key components of the story held up. She claims the choice by “60 Minutes” to tug the story “was motivated by politics.”
Regardless of the fallout from the retracted story, Logan says she was slowly making her method again into the great graces of “60 Minutes” — till Hagan’s article hit in Might 2014.
“The plan for Logan’s return to ‘60 Minutes’ was entirely and completely derailed after publication of the Hagan Hit Piece,” the swimsuit claims. Among the many false statements, she says, was a gang rape she suffered in Egypt whereas on project, which Hagan characterised as a “groping.”
Logan’s wage suffered in consequence, stated the lawsuit. On the time the story hit, she was getting paid $2.15 million, up from $1.9 million in 2012-2013, the lawsuit stated.
Below a brand new contract she signed in August 2015, she was paid solely $750,000 to supply as much as six authentic segments as a part-time correspondent in a deal that was to final three years.
“But for the Hagan Hit Piece, Logan would have earned more than $2,150,000 per year as a ’60 Minutes’ correspondent,” the swimsuit claims. “She was young and extremely talented. She expected to work for CBS indefinitely.”
Regardless of the pay reduce, Logan continued to supply segments together with “The Battle for Mosul” in November 2016, however was snubbed on different vital tales, she stated. Her final “60 Minutes” report, “Saving Rhino with Helicopters” aired on July 22, 2018.
Hagan, who’s now a particular correspondent with Vainness Truthful, didn’t return calls, however New York Media stated it’s standing by the story.
“The New York Magazine article was thoroughly vetted and fact-checked, and we stand by our reporting,” stated a New York Media spokeswoman.