- Erick Adame, a meteorologist for Spectrum News NY1, claims he was fired after someone from an adult webcam site took nude photos of him and sent them to his boss.
An Emmy-nominated meteorologist for Spectrum News NY1 claims he was fired after someone from an adult webcam site took nude photos of him and sent them to his boss, according to a new lawsuit.
Now-former NY1 meteorologist Erick Adame, in an Instagram statement posted shortly after filing court papers Monday, announced his firing and revealed that he was receiving professional help for what he described as his “compulsive behavior.” of the.
“Despite being a public figure and being on TV in the largest market in the country in front of millions of people five days a week for over a decade and a half, I secretly appeared on an adult webcam website ”, confessed Adam.
“It was absurd of me to think I could keep this private,” he wrote. “However, my employer found out and I was suspended and then fired.”
His legal petition in Manhattan Supreme Court says a man took nude photos of him without his permission on the video chat website, identified as Unit 4 Media LTD.
The person then sent the photos to his mother and NY1 “with the intent to harass, annoy or alarm [Adame] and tortuously interfere with [Adame’s] employment relationship,” say court documents obtained by The New York. Post.
Adame seeks a court order to force the site to reveal the identity of the person, whose usernames include Sonal Prehonn, Tommysize29, Funtimes99, and Landonboy227, noting that he intends to sue them but needs his real identity to do so.
In his Instagram statement, Adame apologized to his employer, his co-workers, the audience, and his friends and family “for any embarrassment or humiliation I have caused them.”
“I had my dream job and lost it due to my own misjudgment,” he wrote.
He assured everyone that he is “getting the professional help I need so that I can make appropriate decisions that do not affect those I care deeply about, as well as my career, as I move forward in life.”
Adame added that he makes no apologies for being gay or sexually positive and pleaded with potential future employers to give him a second chance instead of “defining” him.
“I acted out my compulsive behaviors, while at home, performing on camera for other men,” Adame wrote, adding that the videos were “100% consensual” on both sides and that he was not paid for them.
He said he learned a lesson and assured future employers that he “will be an exemplary employee and the most knowledgeable and enthusiastic meteorologist they have ever seen.”
Unit 4 Media attorney Lawrence Walters told The Post: “Our client’s policy is to comply with legally issued subpoenas and to provide relevant user data when legally required.”
Walters noted, “Capturing and disseminating user content without consent violates our client’s Terms of Service and Forum Rules, which may result in the suspension or banning of offending accounts.”