New Yorker magazine star writer Jeffrey Toobin has been fired after he exposed himself on a staff Zoom call.
In a staff note seen by The New York Times, chief people officer Stan Duncan from the magazine’s parent company Conde Nast said Mr Toobin “is no longer affiliated with our company”.
“I want to assure everyone that we take workplace matters seriously. We are committed to fostering an environment where everyone feels respected and upholds our standards of conduct,” Mr Duncan said.
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The decision followed an internal investigation into the incident which occurred during a video chat between members of the New Yorker and WNYC radio in mid October.
Two people on the call told Vice they had seen Toobin masturbating during a “break” in their call, on what appeared to be a “second video call”, and he was touching his penis on camera.
The staff meeting had been to prepare for upcoming presidential election coverage.
“I made an embarrassingly stupid mistake, believing I was off camera,” Toobin told Vice in a statement.
“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.
“I apologise to my wife, family, friends and co-workers.”
Toobin, who was suspended during the inquiry, announced he had been fired on Twitter.
The 60-year-old spent 27 years at the New Yorker as a staff writer and has covered the impeachment hearings of President Donald Trump.
He famously filed on the O.J. Simpson trial for the magazine in the 1990s, penning a book which fuelled FX’s The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story in 2016.
Toobin – a former associate counsel in the Department of Justice – is also on leave from CNN, where he has been since 2002 and is the chief legal analyst.
In response to those defending him in the days after the incident, actor and #MeToo activist Rose McGowan said if a woman was caught masturbating on a Zoom meeting “like #MeToobin”, “she’d be burned at the stake”.
She retweeted US lawyer and TV host Adrienne Lawrence, who said: “Masturbating at work is neither normal nor acceptable – it’s sexual harrassment”.