On Monday, the New Yorker suspended longtime writer and legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin after he exposed himself during a Zoom video chat between members of the outlet and its radio partner WNYC at some point last week.
"I made an embarrassingly stupid mistake, believing I was off-camera", Toobin said in a statement to Vice. "I apologize to my wife, family, friends and co-workers", Mr. Toobin told the website.
"I thought I had muted the Zoom video", he told Vice's Motherboard. "I assumed nobody on the Zoom name may see me".
CNN also said that Toobin requested time off from his TV role.
Toobin apparently seemed to be on a separate call and when the break was over could allegedly be seen touching his penis.
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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. Motherboard reported that Toobin's Conde Nast email address has also been disabled, and he has not tweeted since October 13.
Motherboard reported that Toobin's Conde Nast email has been disabled, and he has not tweeted from his Twitter account since Tuesday.
Toobin declined to comment to a CNN Business reporter, instead pointing to his statements to Vice, which indicated that the incident was an accident.
The 60-year-old Mr Toobin has been a New Yorker writer for more than 20 years and joined CNN in 2002.
In regards to Simpson's trial, Toobin was the first to report his defense team's plan to accuse LAPD detective Mark Fuhrman of planting evidence and to play the race card.
Toobin lives in NY with his wife Amy Bennett McIntosh. AdvertisementToobin, one of the country's most well-known legal journalists, has been a go-to media figure for Supreme Court news for decades. The couple have three children together.