Jeffrey Toobin, a legal analyst and reporter for the New Yorker, exposed his penis during a recent Zoom meeting and has since been suspended from his job.
In a statement on the matter, Toobin apologized for exposing himself during the meeting.
“I made an embarrassingly stupid mistake, believing I was off-camera,” Toobin told Vice. “I apologize to my wife, family, friends and co-workers.”
Toobin stressed that he had been completely unaware that other attendees could see him.
“I believed I was not visible on Zoom,” Toobin added. “I thought no one on the Zoom call could see me. I thought I had muted the Zoom video.”
A spokesperson for the New Yorker, Natalie Raabe, confirmed that Toobin was suspended as a result.
“Jeffrey Toobin has been suspended while we investigate the matter,” Raabe said.
Two sources speaking on condition of anonymity with Vice stated that Toobin pulled out his penis, possibly during a break in the Zoom call, which was a simulation of the 2020 election with some of the staff’s headline writers. According to the sources, he was then seen masturbating on camera. Toobin had reportedly been on a separate call and was unaware that attendees of the work meeting were still able to see him.
Vice notes that the work email for Toobin, who has not tweeted since Tuesday, has since been disabled. CNN, where Toobin is also a legal analyst, released a statement on the incident as well.
“Jeff Toobin has asked for some time off while he deals with a personal issue, which we have granted,” the network said.
News of the mishap led the term “Zoom Dick” to trend Monday on Twitter.
Toobin’s Wikipedia was also quickly edited to add news of the “Video Call Exposure Incident.”
This post has been updated.