Written by Student Rights on 18 April 2011 at 11am

Media: 'Offensive' writer quits LSE after two days

London Evening StandardOriginal article in the Evening Standard

A writer who publicly mocked the victim of a sex assault has resigned from his post at the London School of Economics after only two days.

Nir Rosen, 33, stepped down from his role as a visiting fellow after the university was criticised for employing him.

He got the job at LSE just weeks after resigning in disgrace from New York Universityfor making fun of Lara Logan, a CBS correspondent who was attacked and sexually assaulted by a mob while covering protest in Egypt. He wrote a series of comments about the reporter on his Twitter page and said she was "probably just groped like thousands of other women".

On Friday Mr Rosen announced he had a job at LSE's Global Governance Centre, which accepted £1.5 million from Colonel Gaddafi's Libyan regime. But last night the university said Mr Rosen had resigned. When asked why by the Evening Standard, he blamed the media.

A spokesman for the LSE said: "Nir Rosen today resigned his temporary visiting fellowship at LSE which was an unpaid position. LSE had already made clear it condemned the offensive comments he made about Lara Logan."

Raheem Kassam, director of student rights, said: "How the university management could appoint this man in the first place is anyone's guess."