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ELMO in Trouble...part 2
November 20, 2012 at 12:20 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash has resigned from "Sesame Street" in the wake of an allegation that he had sex with an under-aged youth.

In its statement Tuesday, Sesame Workshop said "the controversy surrounding Kevin's personal life has become a distraction that none of us want," leading Clash to conclude "that he can no longer be effective in his job."

"This is a sad day for Sesame Street," the statement said.

As the announcement was made, a lawsuit was being filed in federal court in New York charging Clash with sexual abuse of a second youth. The lawsuit alleges that Cecil Singleton, then 15 and now an adult, was persuaded by Clash to meet for sexual encounters.

The lawsuit seeks damages in excess of $5 million.

Clash, who had been on "Sesame Street" for 28 years, created the high-pitched voice and child-like persona for Elmo, a furry, red Muppet that became one of the most popular characters on the show and one of the company's most lucrative properties. Sesame Workshop produces "Sesame Street" in New York.

Clash's exit followed a tumultuous week that began on Nov. 12 with a statement from the company that Clash had requested a leave of absence following the charge by a man in his early 20s that he had had a relationship with Clash when he was 16.

Clash denied the charge from that man, who has not been publicly identified, calling it "false and defamatory."

Clash, the 52-year-old divorced father of a grown daughter, acknowledged that he is gay in that statement.

Sesame Workshop, which said it was first contacted by the accuser in June, said it had launched an investigation that included meeting with the accuser twice and meeting with Clash. Its investigation found the charge of underage conduct to be unsubstantiated.

The next day Clash's accuser recanted his charge, describing his sexual relationship with Clash as adult and consensual. Clash responded that he was "relieved that this painful allegation has been put to rest."

In addition to his marquee role as Elmo, Clash had served as the show's senior Muppet coordinator and Muppet captain. He won 23 daytime Emmy awards and one prime-time Emmy.

In 2006, he published an autobiography, "My Life as a Furry Red Monster," and was the subject of the 2011 documentary "Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey."

Though it remained unclear who might take over for Clash performing as Elmo, other "Sesame Street" puppeteers have been trained to serve as his stand-in, Sesame Workshop said.

"Elmo is bigger than any one person," they said last week.


  • MaryanneMac
    November 20, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    So Gracey was right...Elmo is weird and scary.  And think the the access this guy had to kids.  I think it's time for Nathan to find a new favorite. (I think Oscar the grouch would be a nice alternative to Elmo)

  • MaryanneMac
    November 20, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    Accuser number two says it was online.  Hmmm 

  • eds6619
    by eds6619
    November 20, 2012 at 12:25 PM


  • MaryanneMac
    November 20, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    So I'm taking Nathan (since he's still not happy about Nathanial giving all his time to Abigail) to get a new toy...something to replace Elmo with. (Mommy is hoping for Oscar teh grouch...but I don't think it's going to work out hat way!)

  • Babybear89
    November 20, 2012 at 3:22 PM
    Justified fear! I always knew there was something wrong with him lol
  • MaryanneMac
    November 20, 2012 at 3:24 PM

     You were right

    Quoting Babybear89:

    Justified fear! I always knew there was something wrong with him lol


  • MaryanneMac
    November 20, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    I actually said after the first person recanted that Kevin Clash paid him off.   I'll never look at Elmo that same way again.

  • MaryanneMac
    November 20, 2012 at 3:26 PM

     Next time you see your you can tell her THIS isthe reason you kept the Elmo doll hidden LOL

    Quoting Babybear89:

    Justified fear! I always knew there was something wrong with him lol


  • Babybear89
    November 20, 2012 at 3:27 PM
  • sheena696
    November 20, 2012 at 4:55 PM

     I have no doubt that the first accuser was underage when the relationship started now. I still think that they spoke up due to money, but that doesn't make Clash any less of a creeper or what was done any less wrong! Ick! And I do think that this 2nd one is also speaking up due to money, but you have to wonder if there are any others as well.

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