Pundit suspended after ‘performing sex act on Zoom call’ thinking camera was off
A pundit has been suspended after reportedly performing a sex act on a work Zoom call – thinking his camera was switched off.
Legal commentator Jeffrey Toobin has been suspended by the New Yorker magazine and is stepping away from his job as a CNN senior legal analyst following the incident.
The author, who wrote a book on the O.J. Simpson case that the hit TV show starring John Travolta was based on, told US media he thought he had ‘muted’ the work call.
Sources told Vice’s tech site Motherboard Mr Toobin was seen masturbating during the call, in what has become known as the ‘Zoom d*** incident’.
“Jeffrey Toobin has been suspended while we investigate the matter,” a New Yorker spokesperson said in a statement.
According to Motherboard, Mr Toobin exposed himself during an election simulation Zoom call last week with New Yorker staffers and the radio station WNYC, as they prepared for coverage of the race between President Donald Trump and rival Joe Biden.
Mr Toobin 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 the 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.”
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 Mr Toobin in the series, which also starred Cuba Gooding Jr, David Schwimmer, and John Travolta.