Jeffrey Toobin has himself, confirmed that he has been fired by The New Yorker, following an investigation into an allegation of him masturbating during a work Zoom call.
Jeffrey Toobin taking to his official Twitter handle on Wednesday 11th November 2020, tweeted that he has been dismissed. He tweeted this message, saying:
“I was fired today by @NewYorker after 27 years as a Staff Writer. I will always love the magazine, will miss my colleagues, and will look forward to reading their work.”
According to the report by Variety, a spokesperson for The New Yorker also confirmed the sacking of Jeffrey Toobin, saying:
“As a result of our investigation, Jeffrey Toobin is no longer affiliated with the company,” the spokesperson said.
On Oct. 19, it was revealed that The New Yorker had suspended Toobin after he exposed himself on a Zoom call with New Yorker staffers and the radio station WNYC. According to Vice’s tech news website Motherboard, Toobin was allegedly masturbating during the call.
CNN also reported that multiple people familiar with the matter said Toobin began masturbating during the Zoom call, apparently as part of a different video call. The people did not believe he intended his colleagues to witness it.
Toobin is also a chief legal analyst at CNN, and though he was granted time off following the incident, it remains unclear what his job status is at the network, Variety news reports.
In a statement to Motherboard, Jeffery 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 the 1996 book “The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” which was later adapted by FX into the true-crime anthology series “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.”