She returned to her hotel with the CBS team and then caught the first flight Saturday back to the U.S., where she was hospitalized. She was released from the hospital Tuesday evening.
Shortly after news about the assault was released, Rosen, a veteran war correspondent, tweeted, “Lara Logan had to outdo Anderson. Where was her buddy McCrystal,” referring to Anderson Cooper’s beating in Cairo at the beginning of the month. He added later, “I’m rolling my eyes at all the attention she’ll get,” citing his view that she is “a major war monger.”
Following a few backlash comments on Twitter, he responded, “Yes yes its [sic] wrong what happened to her. Of course. I don’t support that. But, it would have been funny if it happened to Anderson too,” suggesting that it somehow would have been amusing if Anderson Cooper had also suffered a “brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating.” (Rosen says that, at the time, he was not aware of the severity of the attack.)
Rosen has since deleted both tweets and apologized repeatedly on Twitter. “[I] forgot Twitter is not exactly private,” he tweeted, later saying that he “never meant to heart anyone” and has “brought shame” upon himself and his family.