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Journalist fired for masturbating in front of colleagues on Zoom

A journalist who masturbated in front of his colleagues over Zoom has been fired.

The New Yorker announced on Wednesday that it has fired its star reporter Jeffrey Toobin, 60, after it completed an investigation into his behavior last month, a representative from parent company Condé Nast said.

Condé Nast’s chief people officer, Stan Duncan, said that Toobin ‘is no longer affiliated with our company,’ the New York Times reported.

‘I want to assure everyone that we take workplace matters seriously,’ Duncan said. ‘We are committed to fostering an environment where everyone feels respected and upholds our standards of conduct.’

Toobin tweeted out a message confirming that he had been fired as a Staff Writer with the New Yorker.

‘I will always love the magazine, will miss my colleagues and will look forward to reading their work,’ he wrote.

Toobin was suspended after he exposed himself during a Zoom call with employees of the magazine and WNYC radio.

During the discussion, Toobin switched to a second call that appeared to be phone-sex, and the journalist did not realize he hadn’t turned his camera off.

‘I made an embarrassingly stupid mistake, believing I was off camera,’ Toobin said last month. ‘I apologize to my wife, family, friends and co-workers.’

Toobin was one of America’s most prominent journalists, having written extensively about the murder trial of OJ Simpson and then becoming the Chief Legal Analyst with CNN.

CNN said he asked for some time off ‘while he deals with a personal issue, which we have granted,’ but they did not comment on The New Yorker’s dismissal of the journalist.

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