The incident occurred last week, according to a report from Vice, during a call between New Yorker employees and WNCY radio.
The New Yorker confirmed the matter is being investigated and Toobin has been suspended.
Toobin said in a statement that he thought he was “off-camera” and “no one on the Zoom call could see me.”
“I thought I had muted the Zoom video,” he told Vice’s Motherboard. He issued an apology to his “wife, family, friends, and co-workers.”
Toobin, no stranger to personal drama making headlines, has been mocked aplenty on social media after news of his suspension broke, with some theorizing the flashing incident may be even more complicated and many others bringing up past public drama from the writer’s life.
“His comment, ‘I thought I’d muted the video’ makes me think this wasn’t just an accidental getting-dressed-in-the-background type of situation,” Grabien founder and editor Tom Elliott tweeted.
“A CNN analyst who tried to bully a colleague’s daughter whom he impregnated into getting an abortion, and who then refused to pay child support, ‘accidentally’ showcased his schvantz during a Zoom call with other reporters,” Federalist co-founder Sean Davis wrote, referencing an incident in which the married Toobin allegedly impregnated attorney Casey Greenfield, daughter of journalist Jeff Greenfield, in an extramarital affair. He eventually needed to take a paternity test and was even sued over child support.
The news also resulted in ‘Zoom D**k’ trending on Twitter.
Just… wow. Jeffrey Toobin’s apology is the weirdest part, it’s basically "I’m sorry I didn’t turn the camera off" instead of "I’m sorry that I’m a psycho and whipped my dick out during a work zoom".
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) October 19, 2020
“i thought i had muted the video” is killing me https://t.co/tPgFyWRhWv
— my pal andy (@andylevy) October 19, 2020
Toobin’s Twitter account has been silent since October 13 and his work email has reportedly been shut down. He has also “requested time off” from his duties as a legal analyst at CNN, on which he last appeared on Saturday, which they have granted, according to a network spokesperson.
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