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Jeffrey Toobin suspended by New Yorker after exposing himself on Zoom call

Magazine says it is investigating; author also takes time off CNN following incident, which he says was ‘a stupid mistake’ as he believed he was off-camera

Lawyer and author Jeffrey Toobin attends the 2018 PEN Literary Gala in New York on May 22, 2018 (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
Lawyer and author Jeffrey Toobin attends the 2018 PEN Literary Gala in New York on May 22, 2018 (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Author-commentator Jeffrey Toobin has been suspended by the New Yorker and is stepping away from his job as CNN’s senior legal analyst pending what the cable network is calling a “personal matter.”

Vice reported earlier Monday that Toobin had exposed himself during a Zoom meeting with staffers of the New Yorker and WNYC radio.

He stated: “I made an embarrassingly stupid mistake, believing I was off-camera. 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.

“I apologize to my wife, family, friends and co-workers.”

In a statement Monday afternoon, the New Yorker said Toobin had been “suspended while we investigate the matter.” It declined further comment.

A CNN spokesperson said in a statement that “Jeff Toobin has asked for some time off while he deals with a personal issue, which we have granted.”

The 60-year-old Toobin has been a New Yorker writer for more than 20 years and joined CNN in 2002.

He is the author of several books, most recently “True Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Investigation of Donald Trump,” published in August. His other works include “The Run of His Life: The People v. O. J. Simpson” and “The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court.”

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