Conn. journalist held in Libya says she was beaten

By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN | May 24, 2011 | 8:27 PM EDT

Journalist Clare Morgana Gillis poses for a photograph in New Haven, Conn., Tuesday, May 24, 2011. Gillis a freelance writer for The Atlantic and USA Today, and three other foreign journalists had been held by the Libyan government for six weeks. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A journalist from Connecticut detained in Libya for six weeks says she was fired upon and beaten when she was captured but later treated better as she was moved from prison to a luxurious hotel.

Clare Morgana Gillis was one of four foreign journalists released last week. She said Tuesday that she's happy to be home in New Haven but upset that a photographer she was with when she was captured was killed.

Gillis says she met a son of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi (MOO'-ah-mar gah-DAH'-fee) who asked her if the rebels were crazy. The 34-year-old says she was interrogated with blindfolds on in the wee hours of the morning and accused of being a spy.

Gillis says she's not that religious but prayed a lot.