New Yorker suspends legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin for allegedly masturbating during Zoom call

The New Yorker magazine has suspended one of its tenured staff writers, legal expert Jeffrey Toobin, while it investigates a report that he was allegedly masturbating during a Zoom work call earlier this month.

The online call in question reportedly involved employees of the magazine as well as staff from WNYC, a New York City and metropolitan area radio station that is part of New York Public Radio.

Perhaps the CNN legal expert mistook it for New York Pubic Radio.

“I made an embarrassingly stupid mistake, believing I was off-camera,” Toobin said in a statement on Monday about the situation, reported by Vice. He added: “I apologize to my wife, family, friends and co-workers. I thought I had muted the Zoom video, I thought no one on the Zoom call could see me.”

Question is, WHY? He has so far declined to confirm details.

Toobin is a prominent media legal analyst in the US. He has worked for the New Yorker for more than 25 years, and is also a senior legal analyst at CNN.


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A spokeswoman for the magazine said in a statement that Toobin “has been suspended while we investigate the matter.”

In an email to staffers, New Yorker editor David Remnick wrote : “Dear All, As you may have read in various news reports today, one of our writers, Jeff Toobin, was suspended after an incident on a Zoom call last week. Please be assured that we take such matters seriously and that we are looking into it.”

CNN issued a statement saying that Toobin “has asked for some time off while he deals with a personal issue, which we have granted.”

Embarrassing mishaps or glitches have not been uncommon since the service grew in popularity amid the coronavirus pandemic. Incidents of public figures taking a shower while thinking they had turned off their camera, and is this a sign we’ve been isolated and possibly using Zoom a little too much.


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SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN

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