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

by Sergio
November 12, 2012 9:14 AM
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Kevin Clash

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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  • anonymous | November 20, 2012 3:26 PMReply

    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 | November 17, 2012 11:01 AMReply

    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

  • nosurprisehere | November 17, 2012 11:05 AM

    Also, I'm not saying I'm siding with elmo guy. What he did was wrong. But still, the media jumps on any opportunity to tear down black men.

  • Tess | November 13, 2012 6:29 PMReply

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

    People are too quick to judge.

  • kirk | November 12, 2012 6:11 PMReply

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

  • Stacie | November 12, 2012 3:51 PMReply

    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 | November 12, 2012 2:03 PMReply

    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.

  • lovesfilmnmusic | November 13, 2012 2:15 PM

    Yes I agree with you guys. A lot of men seem to be drunk on youth. Its a bit disturbing. And it goes across sexual orientation. But I notice it more with gay men, just being honest and this is coming from one of the biggest Hags in the Streets.

    Things of sexual natures seem to be so many men's undoing.

  • Stacie | November 12, 2012 3:47 PM

    I agree, what is it with men and this attraction to the barely legal. Even if the guy was 19 when the relationship began, he probably still looks like 16 yr old and thats the attraction. He could have avoided this by dating men who are 10 or 15 yrs younger. This kid is probably his daughters age.

  • JMac | November 12, 2012 1:01 PMReply

    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 | November 12, 2012 12:28 PMReply

    Grover >>>>>>> Elmo

  • QBN | November 12, 2012 10:00 PM

    Lol, I agree..

  • Troy | November 12, 2012 12:14 PMReply

    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 | November 12, 2012 12:01 PMReply

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

  • Joe B. | November 12, 2012 11:22 AMReply

    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.

  • Katia | November 12, 2012 3:52 PM

    So, you'd let him tickle your sons even after this, just because he hasn't been found guilty of the allegations? If your answer is "no", then you, too, have already delivered judgement. And it's ok to do so. He put himself in this position.

  • BluTopaz | November 12, 2012 12:32 PM

    Agreed. This is a serious allegation that deserves to be investigated before Clash is vilified. I'm definitely giving him the benefit of the doubt until all is proven otherwise.

  • Stacie | November 12, 2012 11:15 AMReply

    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 | November 12, 2012 10:55 AMReply

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

  • other song | November 12, 2012 12:48 PM


  • Aaron Lee Scott | November 12, 2012 10:45 AMReply

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

  • reece | November 12, 2012 10:38 AMReply

    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 | November 12, 2012 10:25 AMReply

    Um. Oh. Yikes!

  • NinaG | November 12, 2012 10:15 AMReply

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

  • Ron | November 13, 2012 2:54 PM

    @Whitey, of course EightTEEN and NineTEEN are children. They are not even old enough to drink! Only individuals within this demographic group consider themselves adults.

    The new development clasification based on age is: Baby: Less than 1, Toddler: 1 -3, Childhood: 4 - 8, Pre-Adolescence: 9 - 12, Adolescence: 13 - 17, Post-Adolescence: 18 - 24, Adulthood: 25 and over.

    Ideally, people should not be dating (read as having sex) with individuals outside their development classification, precisely to avoid this type of incidents/misunderstandings. Is until you reach your mid 20s- early 30s that you realize how immature and childidh you were back then, during your teenage years...

  • NinaG | November 12, 2012 2:00 PM

    So you magically become an adult when you go from 17 to 18? FOH

  • whitey | November 12, 2012 11:54 AM

    Wow you are a credit to your race. EightTEEN and NineTEEN are not children, stop drinking malt liquor and banging the corner boys and try learning how to read and think critically.

  • Emlo's cousin | November 12, 2012 11:07 AM

    Depends what state your talking about

  • reece | November 12, 2012 10:42 AM


  • Adam Scott Thompson | November 12, 2012 9:46 AMReply

    Never put anything past anyone.

  • Tamara | November 12, 2012 9:32 AMReply

    I have no words. Smh.

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