New York City weatherman fired after webcam nude leaks

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A TV weatherman in New York City was fired after naked screenshots of an online video chat were sent by an anonymous user to his bosses at work and to his own mother, court documents obtained by The Daily Beast show.

Erick Adame, a two-time Emmy nominee who served as an NY1 meteorologist for about four years until he recently disappeared from the sky, is now petitioning a Manhattan judge to coerce the owners of the internet forum — referred to in court papers as Unit 4 Media , Ltd. – to identify the people who leaked the NSFW material and profoundly influenced his career.

The website itself is not specified in Adame’s submission. However, a site called LPSG.com advises users: “When you purchase an LPSG membership, it will appear on your bank 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 reached out to Adame on Monday morning for comment. On Monday afternoon, he posted on Instagram telling viewers and fans that he “used this opportunity to share my truth rather than let others dictate the story of my life.”

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“Despite being a public figure and being on television five days a week in the country’s largest market in front of millions for more than a decade and a half, I was secretly appearing on an adult cam website,” Adame continued. “On this site, I did my compulsive behaviors while I was at home by performing on camera for other men. It was 100% agreement from both sides. I wasn’t paid for this, and it was absurd of me to think I could keep this private. Nevertheless, my employer found out and I was suspended and then fired.”

In an email, Adame, a host on NY1’s weekday morning show Mornings at 1, declined to comment and referred The Daily Beast to his attorney, Jeremy Klausner. By Monday afternoon, Klausner had failed to respond 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 at the time this article was published.

“The weather can be unpredictable and and [sic] It’s my pleasure to make sure you’re prepared for anything that comes our way,” Adame says on his personal website. “I am proud to tell a weather story that is not only interesting, but also easy to understand. My accuracy is only as good as my ability to get the message across.”

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On Monday, viewers began to notice that Adame had disappeared without explanation.

“What happened to Erick Adame?” a sad looking twitter user asked.

Adame’s troubles can be traced back to late 2021, when he used Unit 4’s “video chat service” and an anonymous user “mistakenly copied unclothed images of him” by taking screenshots, according to Monday’s petition. The request indicates that the anonymous user had multiple accounts under the usernames: Sonal Prehonn, Tommysize29, Funtimes99, and Landenboy227.

The user “falsely distributed the images” to Adame’s employer and mother, “with the intent to bully, annoy or alarm him” and “unlawfully interfere” with his work, the petition states. As a result, the filing adds, Adame was fired by his employer.

“Anonymous knew [Adame] had a reasonable expectation that the images would remain private,” the submission said. “Anonymously distributed the images without [Adame’s] permission.”

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Adame wants to take legal action against his anonymous tormentor “but cannot currently do so without the information to identify them,” the petition said.

According to the filing, Unit 4 Media claimed that it does not keep any data that could identify the user, including “user-provided information and IP addresses”.

Adame is just the latest personality to find himself in hot water over nude images not intended for public consumption. In 2020, New Yorker staff writer Jeffrey Toobin was fired by the magazine after he masturbated during a Zoom conversation with colleagues while discussing election coverage. In 2017, Eric Bolling was fired from TNZT News over allegations that he sent unsolicited cock photos to at least three female colleagues. Adame is also not the first TV weatherman to be scrapped because of nude photos. In 2006, meteorologist Jamey Singleton was fired by Roanoke, Virginia, NBC affiliate WSLS-TV after a nude photo of him getting out of the shower appeared on someone else’s MySpace page.

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