A weatherman who was Emmy-nominated for Spectrum News NY1 claims he was fired when a user of an adult-oriented webcam website captured naked photos of him and emailed pictures to his boss according to a lawsuit filed.
The former NY1 meteorologist Erick Adame in an Instagram post via Instagram published shortly following he filed court papers on Monday made the announcement of his dismissal and stated that he sought professional assistance in relation to the “compulsive behaviors.”
“Despite being a prominent image and being on television in the largest market in the nation in the presence of millions of viewers seven days a week in more than a decade half, I hid my identity on a webcam site for adults,” Adame confessed in the blog post.
“It was absurd of me to think I could keep this private,” he wrote. “Nevertheless, my employer found out and I was suspended and then terminated.”
His legal petition in his Manhattan Supreme Court say a man took naked photos of him without his permission on the video chat website, identified as Unit 4 Media LTD.
The person then sent the pictures to his mother and NY1 “with intent of harassing, annoying, or alarming [Adame] and tortiously interfering with [Adame’s] employment relationship,” the court documents said.
Adame is seeking a court order to force the site to reveal the identity of the person – whose usernames include Sonal Prehonn, Tommysize29, Funtimes99, and Landonboy227 — noting he intends to sue them but needs their real identity to do so.
In his Instagram statement, Adame apologized to his employer, his co-workers, his audience and friends and family “for any embarrassment or humiliation I have caused you.”
“I had the job of my dreams and I lost it due to my own lapse in judgment,” he wrote.
He assured everyone he’s “getting the professional help I need so I can make appropriate decisions that don’t affect those I care deeply about, as well as my career, as I move forward in my life.”
Adame added that he doesn’t apologize for being gay or sex-positive and pleaded with potential future employers to give him a second chance rather than defining him on the “salacious video” that’s only a couple of minutes long.
“I acted out my compulsive behaviors, while at home, by performing on camera for other men,” Adame wrote, adding the videos were “100% consensual” on both sides and that he wasn’t paid for them.
He said he’s learned a lesson and assured future employers he “will be an exemplary employee and the most informed and enthusiastic meteorologist you have ever seen.”
Unit 4 Media’s lawyer Lawrence Walters told The Post: “Our client’s policy is to comply with lawfully 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 a suspension or banning of the offending accounts.