Former Spectrum News NY1 meteorologist Erick Adame has posted a lengthy apology on social media after being fired for appearing on an adult webcam website.
Citing a new lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, the New York Post reported that Adame was fired after an unidentified person took nude photos of the TV personality on the site and sent them to his boss.
According to the report, Adame testified in his lawsuit that the photos were taken without his permission, with the person in question sending the images to his mother and NY1 “with the intent to harass, annoy or alarm.” [Adame] and tortiously interfere with [Adame’s] work relationship.”
Emmy-nominated broadcaster Adame, who had been a meteorologist at NY1 since 2017, is seeking a court order to compel the website – identified as Unit 4 Media LTD. – to reveal the name of the person so that he can prosecute him.
Taking to his Instagram account on Monday, Adame confirmed that he had been removed from his position, as he Explain he was sharing the details of the incident to “share my truth rather than letting others control my life story”.
“My psychiatrist calls my actions ‘compulsive behavior’, others would call them reckless, stupid or cheeky,” he wrote in the caption. “I am not in a position to dispute any of these descriptions.
“Despite being a public figure and being on television in the nation’s largest market in front of millions of people five days a week for over a decade and a half, I secretly appeared on a adult web cam.
“On this site, I acted out my compulsive behaviors, at home, performing in front of the camera for other men. It was 100% consensual on both sides. I was not paid for it, and it was absurd of me to think that I could keep it private.
“However, my employer found out and I was suspended and then fired.”
He then went on to “unequivocally apologize to my employers at Spectrum, my colleagues, my audience, my family and my friends for any embarrassment or humiliation I have caused you. You expected and deserved better from me.”
“I can’t go back and I can’t change what I’ve done,” he continued, “but I’m getting the professional help I need to be able to make appropriate decisions that don’t do not affect those I love deeply, as well as my career, as I move forward in my life.
As a public figure, I recognize that I have certain responsibilities that come with the privileges that I have enjoyed. But, let me be clear on one thing: I’m not apologizing for being openly gay or being HIV-positive, these are freebies and I’m not ashamed of them.”
Adding that he “had my dream job and I lost it due to my own poor judgment, Adame added that he is “optimistic, and maybe naive enough to think I can go back to television and start again one day”.
“Please judge me on the hundreds, thousands of hours of television I’m so proud of and my employers have always praised me for, not the few minutes of salacious video that’s probably soon to come. define myself in our ‘click’-bait culture,” he said.
“Think about your management of the newsroom – what have you overlooked, forgiven or ignored? In the end, all talent is fallible, full of human frailties, and your job is not made easier by our antics. thing I can promise you is that I have learned a lesson and I will be an exemplary employee and the most knowledgeable and enthusiastic meteorologist you have ever seen.”
Lawrence Walters, Unit 4 Media’s attorney, said The post office in a statement: “It is our client’s policy to comply with legally issued subpoenas and to provide relevant user data when required by law.”
Walters added, “Capturing and distributing user content without consent violates our client’s terms of service and forum rules, which may result in offending accounts being suspended or banned.”
Newsweek has reached out to Spectrum News NY1 and Unit 4 Media for comment.