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Kevin Clash Leaves ‘Sesame Street’ In Wake Of Sex Abuse Scandal

Kevin Clash Leaves 'Sesame Street' In Wake Of Sex Abuse Scandal

In a shocking development, puppeteer Kevin Clash, known as the voice and personality of the popular Sesame Street character Elmo, who was the subject of last year’s documentary Being Elmo, has temporarily left the program after accusations of an improper sexual relationship with a 16 year old boy, years ago.

Though Clash denies the accusations, he admits that he had a relationship with the unnamed teen, who is now 23 years old, and said that: “It was between two consenting adults and I am deeply saddened that he is trying to make it into something it was not.

It’s reported that execs at Sesame Street have met with Clash’s accuser twice already, and stand by Clash, saying that no evidence has been presented by the person to prove his claim.

The accuser, however, has already obtained legal counsel via a firm which is currently representing one of Jerry Sandusky’s victims.

According to a public statement by Sesame Street officials: “Kevin insists that these allegations are false and defamatory, and he has taken actions to protect his repuation. We have granted him a leave of absence to do so.

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Comments

anonymous

Innocent until proven guilty, check for a motive (money, fame, hate Elmo, etc). The timing for this does not make sense, it's been almost 10 years and they go to Clash's employer first? Hmmm… Just not sure.

nosurprisehere

the time quota for another famous black man's reputation ran out… barack obama was just re-elected and the media needs at least one black man to fall from grace a year or it will eat itself

Tess

Kevin Clash has just been cleared per entertainment trade, TheWrap —

http://www.thewrap.com/tv/article/elmo-puppeteer-cleared-after-accuser-recants-story-64916

People are too quick to judge.

kirk

Kermit the frog set this up. They kicked him out over 20 years ago. And that'sssssssssss Elmooooooo's Worldddddddddddddd!

Stacie

The article on tmz says that the guy first contacted Sesame Street with the allegations. Why didn't he contact the authorities or get a lawyer? He contacted his job first! I think the relationship ended badly and now he wants to hurt Clash by ruining his career and of course get paid.

PP

I find it interesting that this info comes out after the election. Could this be an attempt to bring down Sesame Street after the Big Bird problem? I see that no year for the offense is listed so far.
Men of all persuasions have still not learned to be cautious about these things. Especially in a position of power.

JMac

just ewww all the way around. Clash is 52 and the accuser is 23. Why even have a "consensual relationship" with someone so young (even if not underage) when you work with children for a living? That'll make anyone's anttena go up. Certainly hope he wasn't grooming a soon to be adult into a sexual relationship.

KT

Grover >>>>>>> Elmo

Troy

The problem is given a platform when adults maintain grooming relationships with teenagers. Issue of legality understood but having a sexual relationship with someone who was underage when you first met should be viewed as predatory.

Winston

All that tickling seems suspect now. Grown people need to learn to keep their hands to themselves.

Joe B.

It's disappointing to hear such an allegation, and hopefully it proves to be false. But let's hold the rush to judgement. This definitely smells like a money grab. If it turns out to be true, then I'll be the first one decry his actions. But until then: Innocent until proven guilty.

Stacie

The guy could be claiming that the relationship happened when he was a teenager when it actually happened much later. You never know. I hope it's not true but if it is true then he needs to be brought to justice.

robert hayes

all i want to know… was elmo in on it?

Aaron Lee Scott

I do not know the whole story so I will wait until I have more information to go on.

reece

Well here we go. As the can comes off adults having sexual relationships with teens it's all about to come out!

Monique A. Williams

Um. Oh. Yikes!

NinaG

How can it be a relationship between two consenting ADULTS when teenagers are children???

Adam Scott Thompson

Never put anything past anyone.

Tamara

I have no words. Smh.

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