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Ana Navarro says CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin ‘sexually harassed himself maybe,’ defends his return to network after ‘accidental’ masturbation faux pas

Ana Navarro shocked absolutely no one during Monday’s episode of “The View” when she defended Jeffrey Toobin’s
return to CNN after the legal analyst’s embarrassing Zoom call masturbation fiasco last fall that cost him his longtime job with the New Yorker.

What did Navarro say?

After viewing part of Toobin’s on-air return to CNN, which took place last week, co-host Whoopi Goldberg noted that Navarro “worked for CNN” and then asked her, “Are you surprised to see him back on the air?”

Team player Navarro said no.

“You know, actually I’m not surprised he’s back on the air,” she answered. “But I will tell you when I saw that interview, oh, God, how embarrassing, how humiliating. I kept thinking to myself, ‘If I have to go on live TV and explain to the nation why I masturbated on a Zoom call, I think I would rather go sell avocados under I-95 than get my job back on TV.'”

Navarro explained that Toobin “was not sexually harassing anybody. He didn’t have the intent to sexually harass somebody. He was sexually harassing himself maybe.”

She added that Toobin’s
faux pas was an “accidental exposure” and that he was fired from the New Yorker for it and took a leave of absence from his CNN gig as well — and “during the election, during the hottest political and legal times.”

Navarro suggests CNN viewers should ‘have some grace’

“I also think CNN is a for-profit business. If viewers don’t like it, then they should make their views known,” she continued. “If they wanna have some grace, if they wanna say, ‘We’re not gonna cancel a guy because he made a stupid mistake.’ I think his bigger problem is, frankly, with himself, with his family, with his wife than it is with his CNN colleagues. Because it was not something that was done to us. It was something stupid, horrific, kinky, freaky that he did. But it wasn’t something he was trying to do to us, his CNN colleagues.”


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What’s the background?

Toobin was caught masturbating on camera during an October work call with the New Yorker, for whom he was a veteran staff writer. After his behavior came to light, Toobin
lost his New Yorker job — but CNN, for which he also worked, granted him a leave of absence rather than terminating his employment.He explained that he thought he’d turned off his camera.

“I didn’t think I was on the call. I didn’t think other people could see me,” Toobin told CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota during his high-profile return in front of the camera last week.

Toobin added to Camerota that it still didn’t excuse his behavior, and he called his actions “deeply moronic and indefensible.”

He also told Camerota he’d been in therapy during his leave of absence and did things like working at a food bank and is “trying to be a better person.”

After Toobin’s return to the cable network, the
Daily Beast said it interviewed CNN “insiders” about it — and some of them characterized Toobin’s comeback as “insane,” “awkward,” and “inappropriate.”

Past allegations against Toobin

It isn’t clear why Navarro referred to “sexual harassment,” but Toobin has been accused of it — both immediately after the notorious Zoom call and years before that.

The New York Daily News reported in 2010 that an unnamed “well-known media figure” said Toobin — who’s been married since 1986 — repeatedly hit on her at a Washington, D.C., party.

“He came up behind me and whispered in my ear,” the source told the paper, adding that “I couldn’t believe my ears. It was so disgusting. At the time, I never even knew people did that.”

The woman added to the Daily News that Toobin later followed her to her hotel room: “He tried to invite himself in. He said, ‘You know you want it.’ I said, ‘No, actually I don’t.'”

After Toobin was caught masturbating last fall, the Young Turks’ Adrienne Law tweeted in response to those defending him that “1. Masturbating at work is neither normal nor acceptable — it’s sexual harassment. 2. Individuals who engage in sexual harassment should suffer professional consequences. 3. These Toobin defenders are telling on themselves.”

The Daily News — citing an unnamed source — also reported in 2010 that after Toobin impregnated his mistress Casey Greenfield, he offered her “money if she’d have an abortion.”

The paper added that Greenfield carried the baby to term but that Toobin had stopped talking to her. The Daily News said Toobin agreed to take a DNA test, which ultimately proved he’s the father, and that a Manhattan Family Court judge ordered him to pay child support. The paper said that when Toobin refused to pay the full amount, sources claimed Greenfield’s lawyer threatened to notify his employers and garnish his wages — and then Toobin ponied up.

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Report: Some CNN ‘insiders’ call Jeffrey Toobin’s post-masturbation return to the network ‘insane,’ ‘awkward,’ ‘inappropriate’

CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin made his high-profile return to the network Thursday after a lengthy leave of absence over being caught masturbating during a Zoom call last fall — and some CNN “insiders” criticized his on-air segment as “awkward,” “inappropriate,” and even “insane,” according to a report from the Daily Beast.

What’s the background?

Toobin’s faux pas occurred in October during a work call with the New Yorker, for whom he was a veteran staff writer. After his behavior came to light, Toobin lost his New Yorker job — but CNN, for whom he also worked, granted him a leave of absence rather than terminating his employment.

The Daily Beast, citing two people familiar with the matter, reported that Toobin’s “friends” embarked on an “aggressive lobbying campaign” to bring him back to the network. The outlet added that CNN head Jeff Zucker also was open to giving Toobin a second chance.

The big day arrives

CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota introduced Toobin by detailing his embarrassing moment and its aftermath. She then pointedly inquired, “What the hell were you thinking?”

“Obviously I wasn’t thinking very well or very much,” Toobin replied.

He explained that he thought he’d turned off his camera.

“I didn’t think I was on the call. I didn’t think other people could see me,” he said.

Toobin added that it still didn’t excuse his behavior and called his actions “deeply moronic and indefensible.”

He also told Camerota he’d been in therapy during his leave of absence and did things like working at a food bank and is “trying to be a better person.”

The Daily Beast noted that Camerota welcomed Toobin back at the end of the interview and said “many of us have really missed having your legal analysis.”

‘Insane’

Indeed, the Daily Beast characterized Toobin’s return as “cringeworthy” — and the outlet said it spoke to CNN “insiders” who said similar things.

One female CNN staffer said the interview was “a bit inappropriate in terms of a full segment of mea culpa and then a hard pivot to his legal analysis on air,” the Daily Beast said, referring to the fact that Toobin also spoke about a current news story during the segment.

The same staffer also said the “general feeling” from co-workers is that while they “trust” the New Yorker’s investigation that there weren’t similar incidents in Toobin’s past, “they also wonder if CNN followed through with an internal probe of its own,” the outlet reported.

The Daily Beast said the CNN staffer wondered, “And if so, why weren’t we informed?”

Another CNN employee told the outlet Toobin’s return was “just awkward” while a different network staff remarked with an “Oof.”

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A person familiar with the matter, meanwhile, pointed out that while there were “mixed feelings” at the network about Toobin’s return, he was greeted warmly by those in the newsroom following his interview with Camerota.

“Men and women hugged him after he left the set,” the source noted. “They seemed happy he was back. It’s invisible if people are grossed out because they wouldn’t be the ones to come up to him. The couple dozen in the newsroom seem happy to have him back.”

The feeling wasn’t shared by other CNN insiders, however. One former CNN contributor said they weren’t “surprised” that the network brought Toobin back but that “it’s insane they have him on air” after his transgression. Another insider observed that CNN came across as hypocritical.

The Daily Beast also said CNN did not immediately respond to a request for comment regarding its story.

You can read the entire Daily Beast story here.

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‘What the hell were you thinking?’: CNN host confronts Jeffrey Toobin about on-camera masturbating scandal as network reinstates shamed legal analyst

Remember Jeffry Toobin? He’s the longtime CNN legal analyst and former New Yorker staff writer who was caught masturbating on camera during a work Zoom call in October. Following the incident and a subsequent investigation, Toobin lost his New Yorker gig and took a many-months-long “leave of absence” from CNN.

Toobin’s ordeal and sudden unemployment was mocked and celebrated by many on the right. However, his left-wing coworkers were a bit more reticent — except for CNN’s oft-mocked media critic Brian Stelter, who complained that Toobin was “sidelined at a pivotal moment” just before the 2020 election.

Now, after several months of being off the air, Toobin is back at the liberal cable network that was apparently unable to find any other legal analysts able to perform and gratify the audience the way Toobin does.

But not before suffering the indignity of being interviewed on air by a female co-worker about his caught-on-camera shame.

What did he say?

CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota introduced Toobin’s return by first highlighting and detailing his embarrassing moment and then asking, “What the hell were you thinking?”

“Obviously I wasn’t thinking very well or very much,” Toobin replied.

He noted that he thought he had turned off his camera and said, “I didn’t think I was on the call. I didn’t think other people could see me.”

Toobin said that the circumstances did not excuse his behavior and called his actions “deeply moronic and indefensible.”

He went on to apologize to his wife and family, CNN reported, and to the people who were on the call.

“And I’m sorry to the people who read my work and who watched me on CNN who thought I was a better person than this. And so, you know, I got a lot to rebuild, but I feel very privileged and very lucky that I’m going to be able to try to do that,” he said.

He also told Canerota that he had been in therapy and doing some public service like working at a food bank over the last several “miserable months” and is “trying to be a better person.”

“I am trying to become the kind of person people can trust again,” Toobin added.

According to CNN’s Stelter, Toobin will be appearing on CNN regularly again as the network’s chief legal analyst.

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New Yorker fires Jeffrey Toobin following investigation into Zoom masturbation allegations

Longtime New Yorker staff writer Jeffrey Toobin has been fired from the magazine, following the completion of an investigation into accusations that he exposed himself while allegedly masturbating during a Zoom call with colleagues last month.

But CNN, where Toobin remains chief legal analyst, remains mum on the issue.

What are the details?

Condé Nast, which owns the New Yorker, reportedly announced Toobin’s departure Wednesday in an internal memo obtained by The Daily Beast.

“I am writing to share with you that our investigation regarding Jeffrey Toobin is complete, and as a result, he is no longer affiliated with our company,” Condé Nast human resources chief Stand Duncan wrote to staff, adding, “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.”

Toobin himself confirmed his departure from the New Yorker, tweeting, “I was fired today by @NewYorker after 27 years as a Staff Writer. I will always love the magazine, will miss my colleagues, and will look forward to reading their work.”

In mid-October, Vice reported that Toobin had been suspended by the New Yorker for exposing himself during a Zoom call involving his colleagues at the magazine along with some employees from WNYC radio. The piece was updated later to clarify that Toobin was allegedly seen masturbating by the other participants on the virtual meeting.

According to Vice:

Both people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to speak freely, noted that it was unclear how much each person saw, but both said that they saw Toobin jerking off. The two sources described a juncture in the election simulation when there was a strategy session, and the Democrats and Republicans went into their respective break out rooms for about 10 minutes. At this point, they said, it seemed like Toobin was on a second video call. The sources said that when the groups returned from their break out rooms, Toobin lowered the camera. The people on the call said they could see Toobin touching his penis. Toobin then left the call. Moments later, he called back in, seemingly unaware of what his colleagues had been able to see, and the simulation continued.

Toobin told the outlet at the time, “I made an embarrassingly stupid mistake, believing I was off-camera. I apologize to my wife, family, friends and co-workers.”

“I believed I was not visible on Zoom,” he added. “I thought no one on the Zoom call could see me. I thought I had muted the Zoom video.”

What about CNN?

When news of Toobin’s suspension by the New Yorker broke, CNN released a statement saying, “Jeff Toobin has asked for some time off while he deals with a personal issue, which we have granted.”

CNN, as of this writing, has not weighed in on whether Toobin will remain at the network, and has not yet responded to a request for comment from Fox News. Toobin has not appeared on CNN since before the scandal broke.

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Rose McGowan comes out swinging against ‘liberal intellectuals’ defending Jeffrey Toobin’s masturbation scandal

Actress and activist Rose McGowan — who was instrumental in bringing down embattled film producer Harvey Weinstein — blasted “liberal ‘intellectuals'” defending reporter and CNN chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin.

Toobin was suspended from the New Yorker on Monday after reportedly being caught masturbating during a work-related Zoom video call.

Among those who seem to be defending Toobin is CNN cohort Brian Stelter, who complained that Toobin was “sidelined” during a pivotal time ahead of the 2020 presidential election.

What are the details?

In a scathing tweet, McGowan said that if a woman were caught in the same position that Toobin’s co-workers reportedly discovered him, they would be “burned at the stake.”

“Can you all imagine if a conservative woman was caught masturbating on an [sic] @zoom meeting like #MeToobin? If it had been a liberal woman? If it had been a WOC [woman of color]? … [D]o you think there’d be liberal ‘intellectuals’ rising to defend her? She’d be burned at the stake,” McGowan tweeted.

McGowan’s tweet was in response to remarks from attorney and legal personality, The Young Turks’ Adrienne Law.

Law wrote, “With #MeTooBin trending, I have a few thoughts: 1. Masturbating at work is neither normal nor acceptable — it’s sexual harassment. 2. Individuals who engage in sexual harassment should suffer professional consequences. 3. These Toobin defenders are telling on themselves.”

‘I made an embarrassingly stupid mistake’

Toobin, 60, apologized for the embarrassing gaffe, and said that he didn’t realize he was visible — or audible — on Zoom.

He also announced a leave from CNN following the scandal.

“I made an embarrassingly stupid mistake, believing I was off-camera. I apologize to my wife, family, friends, and co-workers,” Toobin admitted. “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.”

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CNN analyst Jeffrey Toobin suspended by New Yorker after allegedly masturbating on Zoom call

CNN chief legal analyst and staff writer for the New Yorker Jeffrey Toobin has been suspended by the magazine and taken some personal time off from the network after colleagues saw him expose himself while allegedly masturbating during a work Zoom call last week.

What are the details?

Vice reported Monday that Toobin had been suspended by the New Yorker for allegedly exposing himself on the call, and updated the piece shortly thereafter to clarify “that Toobin was masturbating” during an election simulation that involved other employees of the New Yorker and some from WNYC radio.

Vice described the purported incident as such:

Both people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to speak freely, noted that it was unclear how much each person saw, but both said that they saw Toobin jerking off. The two sources described a juncture in the election simulation when there was a strategy session, and the Democrats and Republicans went into their respective break out rooms for about 10 minutes. At this point, they said, it seemed like Toobin was on a second video call. The sources said that when the groups returned from their break out rooms, Toobin lowered the camera. The people on the call said they could see Toobin touching his penis. Toobin then left the call. Moments later, he called back in, seemingly unaware of what his colleagues had been able to see, and the simulation continued.

Prior to Vice making updates to the story, Toobin told the outlet, “I made an embarrassingly stupid mistake, believing I was off-camera. I apologize to my wife, family, friends and co-workers.”

“I believed I was not visible on Zoom,” he added. “I thought no one on the Zoom call could see me. I thought I had muted the Zoom video.”

The New Yorker told The Washington Post, “Jeffrey Toobin has been suspended while we investigate the matter,” but did not elaborate further. A spokesperson for CNN issued a statement saying, “Jeff Toobin has asked for some time off while he deals with a personal issue, which we have granted.”

According to the Associated Press, Toobin has been a writer at the New Yorker for more than 20 years, and an analyst for CNN since 2002. He has written several books, and his most recent was titled, “True Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Investigation of Donald Trump.”

Anything else?

The phrase “Zoom dick” began trending on Twitter, in a nod to Vice’s original headline, which read, “New Yorker Suspends Jeffrey Toobin for Zoom Dick Incident.”

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