A TV weatherman in New York City has been fired from his job after an anonymous user sent nude screenshots from an online video chat to his bosses at work as well as his own mother, court documents obtained by The Daily Beast Show were received.
Erick Adame, a two-time Emmy nominee who was an NY1 meteorologist for about four years before recently disappearing from the air, is now petitioning a Manhattan judge to own the internet forum – dubbed Unit 4 Media in court documents – to force ltd – to identify the people who leaked the NSFW footage and turned his career upside down.
The website itself is not given in Adame’s file. However, a website called LPSG.com advises users, “When you buy an LPSG membership, it will appear on your statement as Unit 4 Media.” LPSG, which stands for “Large Penis Support Group,” describes itself as “the most amazing open-minded, fun-loving, sexy adult community” on the internet.
The Daily Beast contacted Adame for comment Monday morning. On Monday afternoon, he posted a message to Instagram telling viewers and fans that he is “taking this opportunity to share my truth rather than letting others control the narrative of my life.”
“Even though I was a public figure and on television five days a week in front of millions of people in the country’s largest market for more than a decade and a half, I was secretly appearing on an adult cam website,” continued Adame away. “On this site, I acted out my compulsive behaviors at home by performing on camera for other men. It was 100% consensual on both sides. I wasn’t paid for it, and it was preposterous for me to think I could keep it private. Nevertheless, my employer found out about it and I was suspended and then fired.”
In an email, Adame, a presenter on NY1’s morning show morning on 1, declined to comment and referred The Daily Beast to his attorney, Jeremy Klausner. As of midday Monday, Klausner had not responded to multiple emails and voicemails asking for comment.
A spokeswoman for Charter Communications, NY1’s parent company, confirmed receipt of The Daily Beast’s request for comment, but had not responded as of this article’s publication.
“The weather can be unpredictable and and [sic] It is my pleasure to make sure you are prepared for whatever comes our way,” Adame says on his personal website. “I pride myself on telling a weather story that is not only interesting, but easy to understand. My accuracy is only as good as my ability to get the message across.”
On Monday, viewers noticed that Adame had disappeared with no explanation.
“What happened to Erick Adame?” one asked a sad-looking Twitter user.
Adame’s troubles can be traced back to late 2021, when he was using Unit 4’s “video chat service” and an anonymous user “falsely copied nude pictures” of him “by taking screenshots,” read Monday’s petition . The filing shows that the anonymous user had multiple accounts under the usernames: Sonal Prehonn, Tommysize29, Funtimes99, and Landenboy227.
The user “illegally distributed the images” to Adame’s employer and mother “with intent to harass, annoy or alarm him” and “criminal disruption to his job,” the petition reads. As a result, the filing adds, Adame was fired from his employer.
“Anonymous knew [Adame] had a reasonable expectation that the images would remain private,” the filing reads. “Anonymously disseminated the images without [Adame’s] Approval.”
Adame would like to take legal action against his anonymous abuser, “but is currently unable to do so without the information to identify him,” the petition reads.
According to the filing, Unit 4 Media claimed that it does not keep any records that would identify the user, including “user-provided information and IP addresses.”
Lawrence Walters, an attorney for Unit 4 Media and LPSG, told The Daily Beast in an email, “Our client’s policy is to honor lawfully issued subpoenas. Collecting and distributing User Content without consent is a violation of our client’s Terms of Service and Forum Rules, which may result in a suspension or ban of the offending accounts.”
Adame is just the latest personality to get in hot water for not-for-public nude pics. In 2020, New York contributor Jeffrey Toobin was fired from the magazine after masturbating on a Zoom call with colleagues while discussing election coverage. In 2017, Fox News fired Eric Bolling over allegations that he had sent unsolicited dick pics to at least three co-workers. Adame isn’t the first TV weatherman to be axed for nude photos, either. In 2006, meteorologist Jamey Singleton of Roanoke, Virginia, NBC affiliate WSLS-TV, was fired after a nude picture of him getting out of the shower appeared on someone else’s MySpace page.
In his statement, Adame apologized to his employers, colleagues, the audience, family and friends “for any embarrassment or humiliation I have caused you” and said he is seeking professional help. “As a public figure, I recognize that I have certain responsibilities that come with the privileges I have enjoyed,” Adame continued. “But let me get one thing straight: I make no apologies for being openly gay or sex positive — those are gifts and I’m not ashamed of them.”
The weatherman then addressed his message to potential employers: “Please judge me on the hundreds, thousands of hours of television that I’m so proud of and for which my employers have always praised me, rather than the few minutes of lewd videos I probably will.” define myself in our ‘click-bait’ culture.”
“Think of your editorial management – what have you overlooked, forgiven or ignored? In the end, all talents are fallible, full of human frailties, and our antics don’t make your work any easier,” Adame added. “One thing I can promise is that I’ve learned a lesson and will be a model employee and the most informed and enthusiastic meteorologist you’ll ever see.”
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