(NEW YORK CITY) — A former meteorologist for Spectrum News NY1 was laid off after an unidentified user on an explicit webcam site took nude photos of the weatherman and sent them to his boss and mother, according to reports.
Emmy-nominated Erick Adame announced his termination with NY1 on Instagram after filing court papers for a lawsuit Monday, detailing he is actively receiving professional help for “compulsive behavior.”
Erick Adame, a meteorologist at @NY1, has been fired after he was found to have performed sexually on webcam site. Adame expressed deep regret on Instagram–not for being openly gay or sex-positive, but for acting out "compulsive behaviors," he said. https://t.co/esIwQfA6Aj pic.twitter.com/BryUsON0hX
— Benjamin Ryan (@benryanwriter) September 19, 2022
“I am taking this opportunity to share my truth rather than let others control the narrative of my life,” Adame wrote.
“I secretly appeared on an adult webcam website,” the meteorologist disclosed. “On this site, I acted out my compulsive behaviors, while at home, by performing on camera for other men.”
“Nonetheless, my employer found and I was suspended and then terminated.”
An unidentified man that engaged in a ‘webcam session’ with Adame captured nude photos without his consent, sending the explicit images to Spectrum News NY1 and his mother “with intent of harassing, annoying, or alarming [Adame] and tortiously interfering with [Adame’s] employment relationship,” according to the lawsuit.
Adame is seeking a court order for the adult webcam site, identified as Unit 4 Media LTD, to reveal the true identity of the man, with intentions to sue.
“I unequivocally apologize to my employers at Spectrum, my co-workers, my audience, my family and my friends for any embarrassment or humiliation I have caused you,” Adame atoned in a statement.
The former meteorologist confessed he doesn’t “apologize for being openly gay or for being sex-positive,” adding that ‘odds were against him’ as the “son of working-class Mexican immigrants who was the first in the family to go to college.”
Adame pleads for news directors to make a hiring choice based on the “thousands of hours” of praised television experience, and not on a ‘couple of minutes of salacious video’ reflected within ‘click-bait’ culture.