""Cooper said he was punched 10 times in the head as a pro-Mubarak mob surrounded him and his crew trying to cover demonstration,"" CNN producer Steve Brusk tweeted.
The network reported that even though attackers ""pushed and shoved the CNN crew"" in Tahrir Square in Cairo, no one was seriously hurt.
Cooper later tweeted, ""Got roughed up by thugs in pro-Mubarak crowd..punched and kicked repeatedly. Had to escape. Safe now."" He had previously mentioned that he had been awake for four days in a row.
Cooper was one of several foreign correspondents who reported being attacked while covering the protests."
The riots in Cairo, Egypt, continues to be the top headline news story here in the San Francisco Bay Area.
On Thursday, there were reports of journalists being rounded up by the military and taken away from the protests "for their own protection" but most believe it is being done to keep the reporters from witnessing the Mubarak government's crackdown on protesters.
Meanwhile, CNN is releasing video of Anderson Cooper being attacked by a group of pro-Mubarak protesters, many of whom are believed to be hired thugs or secret government police. That video is on the left. Click the "click to play" button to view.
Cooper later said that he and his crew were not seriously hurt.
The unrest in Egypt was the main topic of discussion Thursday on the popular Armstrong and Getty radio show, broadcast locally in the San Francisco Bay Area on KNEW 910 AM. The show played audio of the attack on the CNN crew. The hosts noted that Cooper said later it had been the first time he had been punched. And they explained that it may have had something to do with his upbringing as a member of the Vanderbilt family.