CNN Chief Legal Analyst and New Yorker staff writer Jeffrey Toobin has been suspended over a Zoom incident where he exposed his penis.
On Monday, Vice broke the story, reporting that they were investigating an incident where Toobin’s genitalia was seen by members of the New Yorker and WNYC radio during a Zoom call last week.
The purpose of the Zoom call was supposedly an “election simulation,” which featured Toobin’s New Yorker colleagues including Jane Mayer, Masha Gessen, Andrew Marantz, Jelani Cobb, Evan Osnos, Sue Halpern, and Dexter Filkins. Each participant was tasked with playing a role in potential 2020 outcomes including President Trump, Joe Biden, “establishment Republicans,” ‘establishment Democrats,” and “the military.” Toobin’s role was to play “the courts.”
“Jeffrey Toobin has been suspended while we investigate the matter,” a spokesperson for the New Yorker said in a statement to Fox News.
Toobin, who is one of the biggest stars on CNN, apologized for his “embarrassingly stupid mistake,” and tried to explain himself.
“I made an embarrassingly stupid mistake, believing I was off-camera. I apologize 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,” the CNN analyst said in a statement to Motherboard.
Toobin has not tweeted since October 13, and has not appeared on CNN since Saturday, according to Vice. A statement from CNN read: “Jeff Toobin has asked for some time off while he deals with a personal issue, which we have granted.”
Updates on the story
Since the story was first reported, Vice has added an update which stated: “This piece has been updated with more detail about the call and the headline has been updated to reflect that Toobin was masturbating.”
Jeffrey Toobin, sickhttps://t.co/pZRTrYQmtS
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) October 19, 2020
According to information from two sources, Toobin was seen masturbating during what was supposed to be a 10-minute “strategy session” along party lines, but that it “seemed like Toobin was on a second video call.”
“The sources said that when the groups returned from their breakout rooms, Toobin lowered the camera. The people on the call said they could see Toobin touching his penis. Toobin then left the call. Moments later, he called back in, seemingly unaware of what his colleagues had been able to see, and the simulation continued,” Vice reported.