A gay meteorologist who was suspended and then fired for performing on an adult webcam site has taken legal action.
Erick Adame is an Emmy-nominated meteorologist who worked for New York’s Spectrum News NY1.
He was removed from his role at the organisation following the leak of webcam footage.
Images of the weatherman performing on a webcam site was leaked to his employer, as well as his mother.
Adame released a statement to his 14,400 Instagram followers.
It read: “I have recently been terminated from my job as the meteorologist at Spectrum News NY1 in NYC. I am taking this opportunity to share my truth rather than let others control the narrative of my life.”
“Despite being a public figure and being on television in the biggest market in the country in front of millions of people five days a week for more than a decade and a half, I secretly appeared on an adult webcam website,” he continued.
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“On this site, I acted out my compulsive behaviours, while at home, by performing on camera for other men. It was 100% consensual on both of our parts. I wasn’t paid for this, and it was absurd of me to think I could keep this private. Nonetheless, my employer found out and I was suspended and then terminated.”
Adame is suing the webcam site that he performed on, only referred to as Unit 4 Media Ltd, in order to reveal the identity of the person who leaked the images without his consent.
Later in his statement, he apologised for the ”embarrassment and humiliation” that the leak may have caused.
He added that he has sought out “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.”
The meteorologist confirmed that he was not apologising for his sexuality or for being sex-positive.
“Let me be clear about something. I don’t apologise for being openly gay or for being sex-positive — those are gifts and I have no shame about them.”