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A gay former meteorologist for a top New York City television station, whom management fired for appearing in nude live streams during his private time, has broken his silence.
On Monday, Erick Adame took to Instagram to address the scandal from last September, when he announced that he was fired from Spectrum's NY1 station because he had appeared in sexually explicit, consensual videos on an adult website.
Somebody had sent his employer and mother clips of him appearing on the site. In the video, Adame reportedly mentioned working for NY1.
"That news also gave what I can only call sexual predators the idea that I wanted to be exploited and humiliated as if it were something I enjoyed," Adame said in his Instagram video.
He explained that since September, many people have gone out of their way to seek out images and videos of him.
"I want to be absolutely clear about something tonight," he 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 said that the experience had left him hurt.
"What I do want is for these people to leave me alone," he said.
"I wish that people would focus more on the fact that these videos exist when they shouldn't exist, as opposed to salacious details that people have really been going on and on and on about," the television personality added.
He said he assumed his live-streamed sessions would be lost once he closed his laptop. However, he said he didn't realize that people and bots, or automatically scripted software, record many of these live streams without the streaming party's 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 warned others to learn from his experience.
"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," he said.
"And there are sexual predators that are ready to exploit you like they have been doing to me," he added.
The sites hosting this material are generally located outside the reach of U.S. legal authorities, making finding out who distributes it and removing videos nearly impossible, he said.
The former meteorologist closed his Instagram post with 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.
The year is already heading in the right direction for Adame.
After posting the video, he uploaded a photo of himself with another man, 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."