Erick Adame, who has been the meteorologist for Spectrum's NY1 for about four years, announced that he had been fired on Monday.
"I have recently been terminated from my job as the meteorologist at Spectrum News NY1 in NYC," he wrote in a statement on Instagram. "I am taking this opportunity to share my truth rather than let others control the narrative of my life."
In the letter, Adame, who has been nominated for two Emmy awards for his work, wrote that "despite being a public figure and being on television in the biggest market in the country," he had "secretly appeared on an adult website."
The website itself was never named.
"On this site, I acted out my compulsive behaviors, while at home, by performing on camera for other men," he wrote. "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."
Adame added that when his employer found out, he was suspended and later terminated.
In the letter, Adame wrote that he wanted to "unequivocally apologize" to his employers, co-workers, audience, family, and friends. He noted that he would be seeking professional help.
"But let me be clear about something: I don't apologize for being openly gay or for being sex-positive -- those are gifts and I have no shame about them." he wrote.
He continued, writing that he was optimistic that he would be able to find work in the future.
"I'd like to say something to the News Directors across the country -- those who will make the ultimate decision on whether or not to hire me in the future: 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 soon define me in our 'click-bait' culture," he wrote. He also called the experience a learned lesson.
The Daily Beast reported on court documents that they obtained showing that Adame was petitioning Unit 4 Media, Ltd. Unite 4 Media, Ltd has links to LPSG.com, which is most known for its forum where nude photos and videos of various public figures are shared. At times, users of this forum will actively lure these public figures into sending photos and videos that they intend to post later for wider dissemination.
According to the documents, in 2021, Adame used a video chat service that Unit 4 owned. An anonymous user took screenshots and, according to the Daily Beast, sent those images to his mother and employer. Adame is petitioning for the identity of those users in order to file suit.
"Our client's policy is to comply with lawfully issued subpoenas. 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," Lawrence Walters, an attorney for Unit 4 told the Daily Beast in an email.