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Jeffrey Toobin takes CNN leave after Zoom incident

The legal analyst, who also has been suspended at the New Yorker, exposed himself during a work conference.

Jeffrey Toobin is a longtime New Yorker writer and CNN analyst who has written books about Donald Trump and O.J. Simpson.
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NEW YORK — Author-commentator Jeffrey Toobin has been suspended by the New Yorker and is stepping away from his job as CNN’s senior legal analyst pending what the cable network is calling a “personal matter.”

Vice reported earlier Monday that Toobin had exposed his penis during a Zoom meeting with staffers of the New Yorker and WNYC radio. Toobin confirmed the report, telling Vice he had believed he was off-camera.

In a statement Monday afternoon, the New Yorker said Toobin had been “suspended while we investigate the matter.” It declined further comment. A CNN spokesperson said in a statement that “Jeff Toobin has asked for some time off while he deals with a personal issue, which we have granted.”

The 60-year-old Toobin has been a New Yorker writer for more than 20 years and joined CNN in 2002. He is the author of several books, most recently “True Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Investigation of Donald Trump,” published in August. His other works include “The Run of His Life: The People v. O. J. Simpson” and “The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court.”