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Kevin Clash Resigns From ‘Sesame Street’ After New Sex Allegation

Tue, November 20, 2012 11:45am EDT by eleanorehl Add first Comment
Kevin Clash Abuse

The voice & puppeteer of Elmo on has decided to leave ‘Sesame Street,’ as a second man files a lawsuit against him.

Kevin Clash, better known as the voice and puppeteer of Elmo on Sesame Street, was previously accused of having sexual relations with an underage boy, and now a second victim has come forward with a new lawsuit. TMZ reports the new victim claims he was “preyed on” by Kevin, and he is demanding more than $5 million in compensation.

This new victim is now in his 30s, and he claims that he met Kevin through a gay hotline in 1993 when he was 15 year old. Kevin would have been 32 at the time.

The accuser claims Kevin “trolled gay telephone chat line rooms to meet and have sex with underage boys” and “groomed [the accuser] to gain his trust by, among other things, taking him to nice dinners and giving him money.”

The lawsuit has been filed in the state of New York, and the accuser says that while Kevin was on Sesame Street, he was “preying on teenage boys to satisfy his depraved sexual interests.”

The alleged crime happened nearly two decades ago, but the accuser is only filing his claim now, because “did not become aware that he had suffered adverse psychological and emotional effects from Kevin Clash’s sexual acts and conduct until 2012.”

Sesame Workshop released the following statement to TMZ about Kevin’s resignation:

“Unfortunately, the controversy surrounding Kevin’s personal life has become a distraction that none of us want, and he has concluded that he can no longer be effective in his job and has resigned from Sesame Street. This is a sad day for Sesame Street.”

Kevin has already been accused of sexual abuse by another man, who later recanted his allegations.


— Eleanore Hutch

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