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New Yorker Suspends Jeffrey Toobin After Masterbating on Zoom

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Writer Jeffrey Toobin's gig with the New Yorker is now in jeopardy after the CNN legal analyst allegedly exposed his penis to co-workers and other professionals during a video conference call earlier this month.

VICE Motherboard reported the news Monday afternoon, which included an apologetic statement from Toobin confirming that this, indeed, occurred.

Toobin told Motherboard (Vice's tech site) that his actions were an "embarrassingly, stupid mistake" and that he didn't realize he was visible on Zoom when the incident happened. He issued an apology to his "wife, family, friends, and co-workers". "I thought I had muted the Zoom video", the 60-year-old claimed.

The New Yorker confirmed the matter is being investigated and Toobin has been suspended. Toobin appeared on CNN on Saturday, Oct. 17, after the exposure took place. Toobin was married with two children at the time.

Toobin, who is also a chief legal analyst at CNN, has been granted time off from the network.

The magazine, which has employed Toobin since 1993, did not comment further about the nature of the incident or the length of the suspension.

Toobin's Twitter account has been silent since October 13 and his work email has reportedly been shut down.

"The call, which was described as an "election simulation", featured Toobin's New Yorker colleagues including Jane Mayer, Masha Gessen, Andrew Marantz, Jelani Cobb, Evan Osnos, Sue Halpern, and Dexter Filkins playing various roles in potential 2020 outcomes including President Trump, Joe Biden, "establishment Republicans", 'establishment Democrats", and "the military". The couple have three children together.