The New Yorker said on Monday that it had suspended staff writer Jeffrey Tobin and was investigating a report that he exposed himself during a zoom call between employees of the magazine and WNYC radio last week.
“I was making an embarrassingly silly mistake, I believe I was off-camera,” Mr. Tobin said in a statement on Monday about the report by Vice. “I apologize to my wife, family, friends and colleagues.”
“I thought I muted the Zoom video,” he said. “I felt that no one could see me on the zoom call.” In a text message, he elaborated.
A spokesman for The New Yorker, where Mr. Tobin has worked for more than 25 years, said in a statement that Mr. Tobin “has been suspended while investigating the case.”
Mr. Tobin is also a Senior Legal Analyst for CNN. The network said in a statement that Mr. Tobin “has asked for some time while he relates to a personal issue that we have provided.”
Mr. Tobin is the author of nine books, including “The Pledge: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court,” “The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court” and “Too Close to Call”. His book “The Run of His Life” was adapted for television as the FX series “American Crime Story: The P.J. Jordan”.
His latest book is “True Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Investigation of Donald Trump.” DoubleDay, the book he published, did not immediately respond to an investigation about Mr. Tobin.