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“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 The New Yorker staffers and the radio station WNYC. Motherboard called the meeting a “d— incident.”
UPDATED: Toobin was allegedly masturbating during the Zoom call in question, according to Motherboard.
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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