CNN is reporting that its star anchor Anderson Cooper was attacked by a mob of people while covering the crisis in Egypt.
Cooper and his crew were attacked by supporters of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak Wednesday night, according to a CNN producer, who says Cooper was pushed and shoved and hit in the head several times.
CNN’s Steve Brusk disclosed a few of the details on Twitter: “Anderson said he was punched 10 times in the head as pro-Mubarak mob surrounded him and his crew trying to cover demonstration.”
Cooper is reportedly okay after his encounter with the “very violent” crowd on the streets of Cairo, where there were reports of gunfire, people throwing rocks, and several gasoline bombs tossed off.
In describing the chaos, Cooper, who was attempting to get to a neutral zone, said they were “kicked and punched pretty well … before the mob forced us to seek safety.” After the attack, Cooper told CNN’s “American Morning“: “The crowd kept growing, kept throwing punches, kicks…suddenly a young man would look at you and punch you in the face.”
CNN confirms “no one was seriously hurt” in the clash.
Cooper continued to report on the uprising from a rooftop location.
Cooper traveled to Egypt Sunday night to cover the wave of violence that’s erupted in Egypt between pro-Mubarak demonstrators and anti-government protesters. The violent demonstration comes one day after the Egyptian president announced he would leave office in seven months and not run for re-election in September.