The magazine reported in a statement that it was investigating a matter involving the author and a legal analyst from CNN.
On Monday, the New Yorker said it had suspended staff writer Jeffrey Toobin after he revealed himself last week during a Zoom call with magazine and WNYC radio employees, according to two people who are familiar with the conversation.
According to Vice, who first recorded the episode, staff writers at The New Yorker and WNYC employees, who jointly produce the magazine’s podcast, were on a joint video call prepping for election night coverage. According to the two people familiar with the call, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, Mr. Toobin moved to a second call during a pause in the call for breakout discussions, which was the video-call equivalent of phone sex.
Asked Monday afternoon about reports that he had exposed himself, Mr. Toobin said in a statement: “I made an embarrassingly stupid mistake, believing I was off-camera. I apologize to my wife, family, friends and co-workers.”
“I thought I had muted the Zoom video,” he added. “I thought no one on the Zoom call could see me.”
When asked by email on Monday evening about the nature of the second call, Mr. Toobin, 60, declined to comment further.
A spokeswoman for The New Yorker, where Mr. Toobin has worked for more than 25 years, said in a statement that Mr. Toobin “has been suspended while we investigate the matter.”
“I am quite sure that Toobin didn’t realize that the people on the New Yorker call could see him,” Mx. Gessen said in an interview. “I suspect he thought that when the breakout rooms started, he was disconnected and he didn’t realize we’d all returned to a live camera.”
All the while, participants continued as if nothing were wrong, one person on the call said. When Mr. Toobin rejoined, he was unaware of what had just happened, this person said.
Mr. Toobin is also a senior legal analyst for CNN. The network said in a statement that Mr. Toobin, who has worked for CNN since 2002, “has asked for some time off while he deals with a personal issue, which we have granted.”
Mr. Toobin is the author of nine books, including “The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court,” “The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court” and “Too Close to Call.” His book “The Run of His Life” was adapted for television as the FX series “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson.”
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