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Jeffrey Toobin has been suspended after exposing himself during a Zoom call. The New Yorker has suspended reporter Jeffrey Toobin for exposing himself during a Zoom video call with colleagues. Jeffrey Toobin served as staff writer for the American magazine and as chief legal analyst for CNN. According to Vice News, which first reported the matter, Mr Toobin was suspended for masturbating during a Zoom video chat between members of the New Yorker and WNYC radio last week. He says he did not realise his camera was on.
I apologize to my wife, family, friends and co-workers," Mr Toobin told Vice News. I thought I had muted the Zoom video," he added. Two people who were on the video call spoke to the news website on the condition of anonymity and confirmed that they saw the renowned reporter exposing himself. Following the incident, the New Yorker has suspended their reporter while an investigation is on. New Yorker spokesperson Natalie Raabe said: "Jeffrey Toobin has been suspended while we investigate the matter." CNN, meanwhile, has reported that Mr Toobin asked for time off, which was granted.
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Toobin was participating in an election simulation with noted New Yorker writers including Jane Mayer, Evan Osnos, Masha Gessen and Jelani Cobb, when he was spotted pleasuring himself on screen. At some point during the simulation, there was a break for writers to strategize amongst themselves — and a number of people on the call saw Toobin begin to masturbate. New Yorker editor David Remnick said in an e-mail to staffers that Toobin had been suspended after the flashing incident. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP "Please be assured that we take such matters seriously and that we are looking into it. Best, David," Remnick said. Toobin turned his coverage of the trial into a bestselling book, which later became the hugely popular "The People vs. O.J. Simpson" FX miniseries in 2016. Toobin, a Harvard Law School grad, will also be taking a break from his legal analyst job at CNN amidst the scandal. ES News email The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday - Friday plus breaking news updates Enter your email address Continue Please enter an email address Email address is invalid Fill out this field Email address is invalid You already have an account. Please log in Register with your social account or click here to log in I would like to receive lunchtime headlines Monday - Friday plus breaking news alerts, by email Update newsletter preferences The writer and commentator Jeffrey Toobin has been suspended by the New Yorker over a "personal matter." Vice reported earlier Monday that Toobin had exposed himself during a Zoom meeting with staffers of the New Yorker and WNYC radio. In a statement Monday afternoon, the New Yorker said Toobin had been "suspended while we investigate the matter." It declined further comment. He is also stepping away from his job as CNN's senior legal analyst. A CNN spokesperson said in a statement that Toobin "has asked for some time off while he deals with a personal issue, which we have granted." Toobin, 60, has been a New Yorker writer for more than 20 years and joined CNN in 2002. He is the author of several books, most recently "True Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Investigation of Donald Trump," published in August. His other works include "The Run of His Life: The People v. Simpson" and "The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court." Toobin called the incident an 'embarrassingly stupid mistake' and directed his apology to his wife, family, friends, and colleagues. — Picture from Twitter/JeffreyToobin PETALING JAYA, Oct 20 — A senior staff writer at The New Yorker has apologised after reports emerged that he had masturbated on camera during a recent Zoom work call. Jeffrey Toobin, who is also a legal analyst at CNN, told VICE's online magazine Motherboard that he had made an "embarrassingly stupid mistake" and that he was not aware that his mic and camera were on. "I made an embarrassingly stupid mistake, believing I was off-camera. I apologise to my wife, family, friends, and co-workers. "I believed I was not visible on Zoom. I thought no one on the Zoom call could see me. I thought I had muted the Zoom video," said Toobin. The incident reportedly occurred during an election simulation over Zoom that involved Toobin and other prominent writers from The New Yorker. Two people who were on the call anonymously told VICE that Toobin looked like he was taking a second video call when participants in the election simulation went into separate breakout rooms for discussions. When everyone returned from the breakout rooms, the sources said Toobin lowered his camera and began touching his penis. Toobin then left the meeting but called back in moments later and appeared unaware that he had exposed himself to his colleagues, and the simulation continued. The 60-year-old has since been suspended from his position at The New Yorker magazine, where he had worked for over 25 years, while the company conducts an internal investigation. CNN also issued a statement saying that they have granted Toobin time off to "deal with a personal matter."