Zoom scandal – masturbating journalist is back on CNN

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After an eight-month forced break, the US journalist Jeffrey Toobin can be seen on television again. So he comments today on his slip: “That was completely idiotic and unacceptable.”

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“I thought I had turned off the Zoom call”: US journalist Jeffrey Toobin. (Archive image)

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Had to take an eight-month break after the zoom scandal.

Had to take an eight-month break after the zoom scandal.

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For the past few months he has tried “to be a better person”: Jeffrey Toobin.

For the past few months he has tried “to be a better person”: Jeffrey Toobin.

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  • A well-known US journalist masturbated with colleagues during a Zoom video conference.

  • Jeffrey Toobin was then released from “New Yorker” and CNN.

  • Now he’s back in front of the cameras.

Top US journalist Jeffrey Toobin, who was released after a highly embarrassing appearance in a video conference, is back in front of the camera. Toobin appeared on the US broadcaster CNN for the first time in eight months on Thursday. He had to take the compulsory break after masturbating with colleagues in front of the camera while watching a video link.

CNN presenter Alisyn Camerota addressed the scandal directly on her show. “What the hell were you thinking?” She asked the 61-year-old on Thursday. “I thought I turned the Zoom call off,” Toobin replied. He did not want to justify his actions – “that was completely idiotic and unacceptable”.

He added that he was only human and made mistakes. For the past few months he has tried to “be a better person”. He wants people to trust him again.

Toobin had worked for New Yorker magazine for a long time and was a regular legal expert on CNN. The magazine released the former prosecutor because of the scandal. A spokesman for CNN has now confirmed that Toobin will return to his role as TV legal expert.

(AFP/chk)

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