A judge was literally disrobed in a Zoom session.
Carmo Antonio de Souza, an appellate judge in Brazil's state of Amapa, showed up shirtless to a video call on April 7 with several colleagues.
In the now-viral clip, the bare-chested de Souza is drinking a glass of water as he joins the Zoom session with the other members of the Amapa State Court of Justice, who are all dressed in business attire.
Within the span of five seconds, the 57-year-old judge realizes his camera is on and sidles off-screen to change. Moments later, he appeared in a button-up shirt. The others in the 1186th Ordinary Session of the Single Chamber do not remark upon or appear to notice the gaffe.
After the clip generated media attention, the court investigated the incident Tuesday and dismissed any notions of wrongdoing. "The occurrence of incidents such as what happened is perfectly understandable," it declared in a statement, reports the Daily Mail.
The court appeared to take aim at the press for reporting on "fake news" during a global pandemic, which has forced many to work from home through Zoom meetings. The transition has led to a few reported mishaps involving dress codes.
"The moment experienced by the world requires dedication from everyone to solutions for maintaining essential services, such as the measures adopted by the Brazilian Justice, respect for the guidelines of health authorities and, above all, indulgence, compassion and commitment to the common good, thus avoiding the proliferation of fake news and distorted information, which in no way contribute to facing and overcoming the pandemic," it stated.
As of Friday, Brazil has reported 33,682 COVID-19 infections and 2,141 deaths. The South American nation has experienced some political upheaval due to the epidemic. This week, President Jair Bolsonaro dismissed alarm at the virus as "hysteria" and fired his health minister, who had approached Latin America's largest outbreak with far more caution, reports Vice. Bolsonaro is a close ally of Donald Trump and is also notoriously anti-LGBTQ.