NYU Fellow Resigns After Crude Lara Logan Assault Joke

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"I am deeply distressed by what he wrote about Ms. Logan and strongly denounce his comments," says the director of NYU's Center for Law and Security.

Noted journalist Nir Rosen has resigned from his New York University fellowship following glib Twitter postings about Lara Logan being assaulted in Egypt.

Karen Greenberg the director at NYU's Center for Law and Security, said in a statement, "Nir Rosen is always provocative, but he crossed the line with his comments about Lara Logan. I am deeply distressed by what he wrote about Ms. Logan and strongly denounce his comments. They were cruel and insensitive and completely unacceptable. Mr. Rosen tells me that he misunderstood the severity of the attack on her in Cairo. He has apologized, withdrawn his remarks, and submitted his resignation as a fellow, which I have accepted. However, this in no way compensates for the harm his comments have inflicted. We are all horrified by what happened to Ms. Logan, and our thoughts are with her during this difficult time."

Rosen, who has written about foreign policy for the New Yorker and the New York Times, and shot footage for an Oscar-nominated documentary, told The Hollywood Reporter earlier today that he was "deeply ashamed" about his comments, which he says were only meant for a few friends to see.

He posted on Twitter that Logan, who was released from the hospital Tuesday, "had to outdo Anderson [Cooper]…Yes yes its wrong what happened to her. Of course. I don't support that. But, it would have been funny if it happened to Anderson too."

He also called Logan, who is the CBS News' chief foreign correspondent, a "major war monger."