It’s almost difficult to comprehend the embarrassment and the horror that is wrapped up in this next story, but try we must.
Jeffrey Toobin, one of the most recognizable contributors to CNN’s legal analysis team, was recently on a Zoom call with the editorial team over at The New Yorker when the group broke off into segments. Believing that he had muted and closed the shutter on his camera, Toobin then turned to a different computer and began pleasuring himself…all while the team could see.
The New Yorker has suspended reporter Jeffrey Toobin for masturbating on a Zoom video chat between members of the New Yorker and WNYC radio last week. Toobin says he did not realize his video was on.
“I made an embarrassingly stupid mistake, believing I was off-camera. I apologize to my wife, family, friends and co-workers,” Toobin told Motherboard.
“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,” he added.
This could be the end of Toobin’s career, it seems.
New Yorker spokesperson Natalie Raabe said: “Jeffrey Toobin has been suspended while we investigate the matter.”
Toobin’s Conde Nast email has been disabled and he has not tweeted since October 13. He did, however, appear on CNN, where he is the network’s chief legal analyst, on Saturday. “Jeff Toobin has asked for some time off while he deals with a personal issue, which we have granted,” CNN said in a statement.
Others associated with Toobin, including his literary agent, have declined to comment as of this writing.