One judge's colleagues in Brazil copped an unexpected surprise when they logged in for their Zoom meeting. Picture: Supplied.
One judge's colleagues in Brazil copped an unexpected surprise when they logged in for their Zoom meeting. Picture: Supplied.

Judge caught topless in Zoom meeting

A leading Brazilian judge shocked viewers who tuned in to a live-streamed court hearing - when he appeared completely topless.

Judge Carmo Antonio de Souza, 57, was part of a video call with other judges from the State Court in Amapa who are all working from home during the coronavirus lockdown, reports the NY Post.

Sipping a drink, Souza was bare-chested as the camera went live, screening him alongside four formally dressed colleagues in Zoom chat windows.

After initially raising the camera to just show his face, Souza then calmly walked off camera - coming back later dressed in his usual shirt and tie.

One judge's colleagues in Brazil copped an unexpected surprise when they logged in for their Zoom meeting. Picture: Supplied.
One judge's colleagues in Brazil copped an unexpected surprise when they logged in for their Zoom meeting. Picture: Supplied.

 

The Amapá State Court of Justice (TJAP) held a tribunal into the incident, ruling in favour of the judge and attacking any suggestion that he had deliberately appeared topless in the session streamed live.

"Carmo Antonio de Souza, without realising that his equipment was turned on, minutes before the official start of the session, briefly appeared topless," the tribunal ruled.

It insisted it was completely accidental given that the camera turned on before the session was due to start - and noted it was for mere seconds before the judge returned suitably dressed.

"The practice of carrying out judicial sessions by videoconference is a recent development," it noted of the unprecedented steps needed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

"In this sense, the occurrence of incidents such as this is perfectly understandable."

The incident comes as many are forced to embrace video calls in an ever-changing, post-COVID workplace. Picture: Carl Court/Getty Images.
The incident comes as many are forced to embrace video calls in an ever-changing, post-COVID workplace. Picture: Carl Court/Getty Images.

 

This incident is just one of a slew of mishaps to make headlines over the last few weeks, as many businesses turn to video conferencing out of necessity due to work from home and COVID-19.

And while some incidents are just plain embarrassing, others have been far more calculated - as in Hamish Blake's case.

The radio star has been bringing the social-distancing joy with his cheeky Zoom drop-ins around the nation.

 

Originally published as Judge caught topless in Zoom meeting



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