New Yorker fires Jeffrey Toobin for exposing himself on Zoom
New Yorker magazine fired a star reporter after exposing himself during a Zoom call to staff.
Jeffrey Toobin, 60, who is also a senior legal analyst at CNN, confirmed in a tweet that he was fired.
New Yorker’s parent company Conde Nast wrote in an email to staff: “I want to assure everyone that we take employment matters very seriously.”
After being suspended last month, Toobin said he believed he was out of scope during the incident.
Vice News, which published the original story, reported that his senior colleagues saw Mr. Toobin masturbating while apparently participating in a separate video call.
Condé Nast’s personnel manager, Stan Duncan, wrote in a memo to staff quoted by US media that, as a result of his internal investigation, Mr. Toobin “was no longer affiliated with our company.”
He added: “We are committed to fostering an environment in which everyone feels respected and upholds our standards of conduct.”
The incident happened on October 15 during an election simulation involving New York Radio and WNYC. Mr. Toobin was immediately suspended.
In a statement to Vice last month, he said: “I made an embarrassing and stupid mistake thinking I was out of scope.”
He apologized to his family, friends and colleagues.
“I thought it wasn’t visible on Zoom,” he told Vice. “I thought no one on the Zoom call could see me. I thought I had cut the Zoom video.”
Vice cited two anonymous sources present at the meeting, claiming to have witnessed the incident.
The election simulation involved prominent New Yorkers playing politicians, including President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Joe Biden. Mr. Toobin represented the courts.
During a break in the proceedings, according to sources from Vice, Mr. Toobin appeared to be on a different video call, but moments later he was seen on camera touching his penis.