Fox 32 Chicago fires anchor Rafer Weigel

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Fox 32 Chicago has fired anchor Rafer Weigel after his name was brought up as a link between an alleged victim of revenge porn and the suspect in the case.

Weigel was never charged in connection with the case and the entire matter has been dropped in an Indiana court for lack of evidence.

“Today my career at Fox 32 has come to an end,” Weigel posted online. “Despite having my case cleared in court, Fox 32 let me go. I absolutely acknowledge I made some poor decisions in my life and have learned from them. For the past 90 days I have been in treatment for my addictions.”

Rafer Weigel previously worked in sports at Disney-owned ABC affiliate WLS in Chicago before a stint at KTVI in St. Louis.

He joined Fox 32 WFLD in 2017 as a weekend reporter and anchor until being moved up to co-anchor “Good Day Chicago” in March 2019.

The station put him on unpaid leave in October 2019 after allegations of his purported connection in a love triangle revenge porn case surfaced. He never returned to the anchor desk.

Many local newscasters have a “morals clause” in their contracts that allows stations to terminate them if their actions are unsavory, though it’s not clear if Weigel’s deal has such a provision.

Weigel is the son of Tim Weigel, who founded Weigel Broadcasting.

Clarification: This story has been updated to clarify that Rafer Weigel was never charged with a crime in connection to this case.