The New Yorker has suspended reporter Jeffrey Toobin after colleagues accused him of exposing himself and masturbating during a video call.
Toobin – who also works as chief legal analyst for CNN – reportedly was unaware that he was still on camera during the time of the incident.
"I made an embarrassingly stupid mistake, believing I was off-camera," Toobin said. 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."
Two colleagues separately reported the incident, leading to his suspension. CNN has said that Toobin is taking time away from the network to handle "a personal issue."
"Jeff Toobin has asked for some time off while he deals with a personal issue, which we have granted," said CNN in a statement.
Toobin has worked for the New Yorker for more than 20 years and CNN for 18. His most recent book, which released in August, is called "True Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Investigation of Donald Trump."