The New Yorker suspended reporter Jeffrey Toobin after he was caught masturbating during a Zoom call last week with New Yorker and WNYC radio members, according to a report.
Two people who were on the call told VICE separately that the call was an election simulation featuring many of the New Yorker’s biggest stars: Jane Mayer was playing establishment Republicans; Evan Osnos was Joe Biden, Jelani Cobb was establishment Democrats, Masha Gessen played Donald Trump, Andrew Marantz was the far right, Sue Halpern was left wing democrats, Dexter Filkins was the military, and Jeffrey Toobin playing the courts. There were also a handful of other producers on the call from the New Yorker and WNYC.
Both people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to speak freely, noted that it was unclear how much each person saw, but both said that they saw Toobin jerking off.
Natalie Raabe, a press representative for the New Yorker, confirmed Toobin has been suspended but did not explicitly state the reason behind the decision.
“Jeffrey Toobin has been suspended while we investigate the matter,” Raabe said.
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) October 20, 2020
Additionally, the New Yorker editor David Remnick wrote in a memo to all staffers: “Dear All, As you may have read in various news reports today, one of our writers, Jeff Toobin, was suspended after an incident on a Zoom call last week. Please be assured that we take such matters seriously and that we are looking into it. Best, David.”
Toobin seemingly confirmed that exposing himself was the motivation behind the suspension, though he claimed it was merely an accident.
“I made an embarrassingly stupid mistake, believing I was off-camera. I apologize to my wife, family, friends, and co-workers,” he told Motherboard in a statement.
Toobin is also the chief legal analyst for CNN and reportedly appeared on the network Saturday. A CNN spokesperson told Law&Crime that Toobin has requested “some time off while he deals with a personal issue, which we have granted.”
Toobin, after weeks of investigating, was finally fired by The New Yorker on Veterans Day November 11th, 2020.
Toobin is a weirdo for sure. Here’s more proof:
Zoom Dick is trending because Jeffrey Toobin, a writer for the New Yorker, took his penis out during a Zoom meeting.
I image this is what the staff meeting inside the New Yorker looks like today. https://t.co/ouy7T31hfR
— Mikael Thalen (@MikaelThalen) October 19, 2020
Meanwhile, screenshots taken from a comedy sketch video created as an ad for PornHub in May 2020 began circulating as fake footage from the Toobin video.
Daniel can't hear you guys again, he's in heaven 😭😭😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/r5rvt5bONi
— somebody (@nazquiat) May 28, 2020
Not to ruin all the "Zoom dick" jokes, but it's worth pointing out that sending unwanted dick pics is an extremely common form of sexual harassment, and claiming it was an "accident" is a favorite excuse.
In my experience, this is rarely accidental.https://t.co/L4TCGVE3Sj
— Dr. Angela Rasmussen (@angie_rasmussen) October 20, 2020
How long before the Toobin call is blamed on Russian erection interference?
— Chad Prather (@WatchChad) October 20, 2020
Rush Limbaugh reading the Jeffrey Toobin news over Michael Jackson’s “Beat It.”
— Joel Pollak (@joelpollak) October 20, 2020
Toobin had a stroke of bad luck. https://t.co/ymcSV5lsP3
— Andrew Kerr (@AndrewKerrNC) October 20, 2020
CNN has asked Toobin to resign but he said he'd rather stick it out at CNN. #MeToobin
— Nick Easter (@nickeaster19) October 20, 2020
They say Toobin was also a "master debater" in law schoolhttps://t.co/ZNaoHyPgk6
— Paul Sperry (@paulsperry_) October 20, 2020
The fact that the #meetoobin story does not even crack the top 10 in my running list of “batshit crazy things that happened in 2020 and were almost immediately forgotten about because even crazier shit happened”
— mal (@saddy_issues) October 20, 2020
Seems “packing the courts” is now a euphemism pic.twitter.com/Ag6gu4h9lC
— rood_eik (@rood_eik) October 20, 2020
Was the Jeffrey Toobin thing on Dick Tock?😜
— Diane Warren (@Diane_Warren) October 20, 2020
How long before "Toobin" becomes a verb? "He totally Toobined himself on that Zoom" … "Did you hear? Steve got Toobined last week."
— Patrick Lee (@ripleycal) October 20, 2020
Toobin’s first meeting at The New Yorker tomorrow morning. pic.twitter.com/K2dZTYYbsB
— Ben Mezrich (@benmezrich) October 20, 2020
— O.J. Simpson (@TheRealOJ32) October 20, 2020