Most people know better than to touch themselves at work. But apparently, Jeffrey Toobin didn't get that memo...and crossed that line and now he’s been suspended from the “New Yorker” magazine and is "on leave' from his gig as CNN's chief legal analyst. How could it all go so wrong? Here's what we know.
- Apparently, several of the “New Yorker’s” superstars – including Jelani Cobb, Evan Osnos, and Sue Halpern – were participating in an election simulation via Zoom.
- Toobin was participating as well. But waiting in the background...basically, he thought he was muted on audio and video. The people who saw what happened, but spoke anonymously to Vice.com, saythey saw Toobin pleasuring himself.
- Toobin reportedly left the call. But called back in moments later - and didn't seem to be aware that anyone had seen what they did. The 'simulation' continued.
“I made an embarrassingly stupid mistake, believing I was off-camera,” Jeffrey says in a statement. “I apologize to my wife, family, friends, and co-workers.” A spokesperson for "New Yorker" says that Toobin is suspended while they investigate the matter. As for CNN, they've issued a statement, too:“Jeff Toobin has asked for some time off while he deals with a personal issue, which we have granted."
- Meanwhile, as the Twitterverse titters - and "Zoom D*ck" trends, MSNBC hosts Rachel Maddow and Chris Hayes appeared to have a bit of fun at Toobin's expense last night. You can see the video below.