Erick Adame, a gay former meteorologist for a top New York City television station, has broken his silence about the scandal that led to his firing last September. Adame was dismissed from Spectrum’s NY1 station after someone sent his employer and mother clips of him appearing in sexually explicit, consensual videos on an adult website. In an Instagram video, Adame said that the incident had caused him to be exploited and humiliated by sexual predators, and that he had received unwanted attention since September.
“I want to be absolutely clear about something tonight,” Adame said. “I never wanted any of those images or videos to ever be recorded or kept or saved or shared in any way. And I don’t want any kind of this attention that I’ve been receiving.” He added that he had no idea that his live-streamed sessions on adult websites could be recorded and distributed without his permission. “Many of these websites then have a download available where you can download the entire video for a fee even. That means yeah, someone out there makes money off you doing sexual activity on camera without you even knowing,” Adame explained.
Adame also warned others about the dangers of the internet, saying, “You don’t need me to tell you this, that the internet is an extremely dangerous place, and anything that you put out there on the internet is going to be out there forever. And there are sexual predators that are ready to exploit you like they have been doing to me.” He added that it is nearly impossible to find out who distributes such material and remove it, as the websites hosting it are often located outside the jurisdiction of U.S. legal authorities.
Despite the difficulties he has faced, Adame expressed hope for his future in 2023. “I hope that in this new year that, you’ll be able to see me on camera again, cuz it, it’s going to take a little bit of courage on my part. So, happy New Year. I’ll see you soon,” he said. He also shared a photo with his new partner, writing, “I’m a man who wants to be loved like anyone else would want. And I’m lucky enough to have found that in 2022 despite everything else that happened. Love you, stud.”