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Writer Jeffrey Toobin suspended for exposing self on Zoom call

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Writer Jeffrey Toobin is shown in this April 2016 file photo.

NEW YORK — Journalist Jeffrey Toobin has been suspended from The New Yorker after exposing himself during a Zoom call, according to a report.

The Associated Press also reported that Toobin is stepping away from his job as CNN's senior legal analyst pending what the cable network is calling a “personal matter.”

Sources told Vice that Toobin was suspended while an investigation is conducted. The incident reportedly occurred during a call between workers at The New Yorker and WNYC radio, in which the prolific writer allegedly showed his penis.

"I made an embarrassingly stupid mistake, believing I was off-camera," Toobin, 60, said in a statement to Vice. "I apologize to my wife, family, friends and co-workers."

"I believed I was not visible on Zoom. I thought no one on the Zoom call could see me. I thought I had muted the Zoom video," he added.

A spokesperson for CNN, where Toobin is a legal analyst, told The Daily Beast that Toobin is taking "some time off while he deals with a personal issue."

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."

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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