Following a four-month absence from social media after getting fired from Spectrum News NY1 in New York last year, Emmy-nominated TV weatherman Erick Adame has made a return.
Adame had previously confirmed his loss of employment in September after someone leaked intimate videos that he didn't know existed of him enjoying adult webcam chats with men.
At the time, an anonymous user sent the videos to his mother and his employer.
In a lengthy Instagram post at the time, Adame admitted to the compulsive behaviors that led him to perform on camera for other men. Even though this behavior was consensual on both sides, he ultimately lost his job because of it.
Now, for the first time since disappearing from the public eye, Adame returned to Instagram with a new video addressing the controversy.
Stating it's been a "rough couple of months," he said this experience 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."
He notes there are people out there trying to find every picture available, but makes it clear, "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."
Adame further states that he just wants to be left alone. "I'm hurt and I wish that people would focus more on the fact that these videos exist when they shouldn't exist as opposed to the salacious details."
Assuming that anything that happened would disappear as soon as he closed his laptop, Adame found himself at the mercy of the bots that led to the leaks. Those involved in videos like Adame's are unaware they're being recorded. Worse, some of these websites allow you to download the videos, and some with an additional fee.
"Someone out there makes money off you doing a sexual activity on camera without you even knowing," he said. He followed this up by repeating that he had no desire for the content to exist, and proceeded to warn everybody to be more aware of sexual predators who are ready to exploit others.
He also warns people that many of these sites are hosted overseas, and requests in the U.S. to have them removed go ignored.
"So, this could happen to you," he said. "It could be out there on the Internet forever. There's nothing you can do about it."
He closed out the post by wishing everyone "else" a happy 2023, as well as announcing that he found love at the end of 2022.