Jeffrey Toobin Suspended From New Yorker, Taking Leave From CNN After Allegedly Revealing Himself on Zoom Call
The New Yorker has suspended reporter Jeffrey Toobin and launched an investigation after he allegedly exposed himself during a Zoom call, according to Vice’s tech news website, Motherboard.
“Jeffrey Toobin has been suspended while we investigate the matter,” a New Yorker spokesperson said in a statement to Variety.
According to Motherboard, Toobin exposed himself during a Zoom call last week with members of The New Yorker and the radio station WNYC. Motherboard called the meeting a “d— incident.”
Toobin, who is also a chief legal analyst at CNN, has been granted time off from the network.
“Jeff Toobin has asked for some time off while he deals with a personal issue, which we have granted,” a CNN spokesperson said in a statement to Variety.
In a statement to Motherboard, Toobin said, “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.”
Motherboard reported that Toobin’s Conde Nast email has been disabled, and he has not tweeted from his Twitter account since Tuesday.
Toobin wrote a novel about the O.J. Simpson trial in 1997, titled “The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson.” FX adapted the book into the hit true-crime anthology series “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.” The series won nine Emmy awards out of 22 nominations. Actor Chris Conner portrayed Toobin.
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