OJ Simpson compares Jeffrey Toobin to Pee-Wee Herman after CNN pundit was caught 'jerking off' on Zoom call
The ex-NFL running back took to Twitter and shared in a tongue-in-cheek video, 'Damn Jeffrey Toobin, at least Pee-wee Herman was in an X-rated movie theater. I’m just saying'
OJ Simpson poked fun at disgraced journalist Jeffrey Toobin following his Zoom call disaster. The veteran journalist was suspended from his role at the New Yorker after sources told Vice that they spotted him masturbating during a video conference. Simpson mocked Toobin by drawing comparisons to Pee-Wee Herman, The Sun reported.
The ex-NFL running back took to Twitter and posted a tongue-in-cheek clip. "Damn Jeffrey Toobin. At least Pee-wee Herman was in an X-rated movie theater. I’m just saying," he said. Toobin is known for his coverage of OJ Simpson's trial for the New Yorker in the 1990s when the pro footballer was accused of murdering his wife Nicole-Brown Simpson and her friend but later acquitted.
That said, Pee-Wee Herman is a fictional character played by actor Paul Reubens, who was arrested after being caught masturbating in a public movie theater in the early nineties.
Vice magazine, which originally broke Toobin's masturbation scandal, reportedly spoke with two people who were on the call. The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said they saw Toobin "jerking off" on camera. According to the report, the video conference was an Election Day simulation featuring the New Yorker’s most prolific journalists, with Toobin reportedly playing the courts. During a 10-minute break during a strategy session, attendees claim they saw Toobin pleasuring himself. "The people on the call said they could see Toobin touching his penis. Toobin then left the call," according to the VICE report. "Moments later, he called back in, seemingly unaware of what his colleagues had been able to see, and the simulation continued."
In a press statement, Toobin said, “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. I thought no one on the Zoom call could see me. I thought I had muted the Zoom video.” According to the report, Toobin has not posted to social media in almost a week and his Conde Nast email has been disabled. “Jeffrey Toobin has been suspended while we investigate the matter," said Natalie Raabe, a spokesperson for the New Yorker, without elaborating further. Toobin has worked as Staff Writer for the magazine for over 25 years. Meanwhile, he has also served as Senior Legal Analyst for CNN for nearly 18 years. "Jeff Toobin has asked for some time off while he deals with a personal issue, which we have granted," a CNN statement revealed.
According to the New Yorker, Toobin "is known for his penetrating pieces on groundbreaking legal matters and consequential political figures." The Harvard College graduate has published a number of bestsellers in the domain of public interest, including, ‘The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court’; ‘The Oath’; ‘American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes, and Trial of Patty Hearst’ and many more.
Coming to his personal life, Toobin married Amy Bennett McIntosh, his fellow at Harvard in 1986. He met Amy in college while they worked at the Harvard Crimson. Amy is the daughter of Robert C McIntosh of Cincinnati and Douglas D. Drysdale of Washington as reported by the New York Times. The site reported in 1986, at the time of their marriage that Amy was a director of marketing for the American Express Company. The married couple has two children – a daughter and a son.