There has been a dramatic new development regarding the Kevin Clash sex scandal, that has now turned everything upside down.
Clash's still unnamed accuser, who charged him with sex abuse and an unlawful sexual relationship seven years ago when he was 16 and Clash was 45, has now recanted his story. He now says that he was an adult at the time of their relationship.
The law firm of Andreozzi and Associates, who has been representing the accuser, released a statement this afternoon that the person in question: "wants it to be known that his sexual relationship with Mr. Clash was an adult relationship."
How the whole thing came apart, and was this, as some suspected, a "shakedown' is yet to be revealed. And reports or rumors about any secret financial settlement are completely unverified.
Clash, in response to this turnaround, also released his own statement saying that: "I am relieved that this painful allegation has been put to rest. I will not discuss it further."
However, what people are no doubt discussing right now, is whether or not this will forever damage Clash's career. In my article earlier today, I quoted an exec with the Sesame Workshop who was quoted as saying that it was, "hightly unlikely" that Clash would return to the show.
However, the exec was also quoted as saying that: "unless things suddenly move in Kevin’s direction right away, and he is proven to be a victim of an ugly smear, rather than an adult sexual predator of a minor, he is finished in the world of children’s entertainment."
So will they be as good as their word, and let Clash return to the show? Or will they let him go?
Sesame Street and PBS have always been concerned about their image, so this whole incident involving Clash maybe too hot for them, and they may find themselves forced to cut him loose for image sake.
What do you say?