A gay meteorologist was terminated from his position at a New York City news station for performing on an adult webcam site — and now, he's taking legal action.
"I have recently been terminated from my job as the meteorologist at Spectrum News NY1 in NYC. I am taking this opportunity to share my truth rather than let others control the narrative of my life," he began his statement.
"Despite being a public figure and being on television in the biggest market in the country in front of millions of people five days a week for more than a decade and a half, I secretly appeared on an adult webcam website," he continued. "On this site, I acted out my compulsive behaviors, while at home, by performing on camera for other men. 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. Nonetheless, my employer found out and I was suspended and then terminated."
According to People, images of Adame performing on the webcam site were sent to his employers at Spectrum News, and even his mother, via an anonymous leak. According to court documents obtained by The Daily Beast, Adame is suing the website, only identified as Unit 4 Media, Ltd., so that the identity of the person who leaked the images of Adame without his consent can be revealed.
Elsewhere in Adame's public statement, he went on to say that while he's sorry for the "embarrassment and humiliation" that this leak may have caused his former employers, coworkers, friends, and family, he is seeking "the professional help I need so I can make appropriate decisions that don't affect those I care deeply about, as well as my career, as I move forward in my life."
Adame also went on to say that he is not apologizing for his sexuality or for being sex-positive in a world that is still, as his former employers demonstrated in their firing of him, very sex-negative.
"Let me be clear about something," Adame said. "I don't apologize for being openly gay or for being sex-positive — those are gifts and I have no shame about them."