Erick Adame claims that his presence on an adult cam website caused him to lose his job as the morning meteorologist on Spectrum News NY1.
In order to “tell [his] reality rather than allow others control the narrative of [his] life,” Adame revealed the news on Instagram on Monday.
Adame added, “I covertly appeared on an adult cam website, noting that my psychiatrist has dubbed my acts “compulsive behaviour” and that he is “not in a position to disagree.”
On this website, Erick Adame performed on camera for other men to act out my compulsive tendencies that I have at home. Both of us were completely in agreement about it. It was ridiculous of me to believe I could keep this private since I wasn’t compensated for it. However, when my employer learned, I was first suspended and then fired.
“First and foremost, I sincerely apologise for any embarrassment or disgrace I may have given to my bosses at Spectrum, my coworkers, my audience, my family, and my friends. You deserved better from me and you anticipated it,” he continued.
“I can’t go back and I can’t reverse what I did, but I am getting the professional therapy I need so I can make the right choices moving ahead in my life that don’t damage those I care about profoundly, as well as my work.”
While regretting his appearance on the website, Adame made a point to emphasise that he rejects any criticism that might be levelled at his sexual orientation.
“I understand that, as a public figure, there are obligations that go along with the privileges I have experienced. The essay states, “But let me be clear about one thing: I don’t apologise for being openly gay or sex-positive – those are gifts and I have no shame about them.
In addition, he penned a letter to prospective employers asking them to “please judge me on the hundreds, thousands of hours of television that I am so proud of and that my employers have always commended me for, and not the couple of minutes of salacious video that is probably going to define me in our “click-bait” culture.”
Additionally, he sued Unit 4 Media Ltd. in an effort to track down the identity of the anonymous user who exposed his content on the adult website. The lawsuit was initially made available to The Daily Beast.
Since 2007, Adame has worked as a meteorologist for Spectrum News NY1. Variety contacted Spectrum News for comment, but they didn’t get back to them.
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