A Sandusky like scandal is bubbling up for 52 year old Kevin Clash, the voice behind Sesame Street Puppet Elmo for more than two decades.
A 23 year old Man has brought forth allegations that Kevin Clash started a sexual relationship with him when he was 16. Clash admits to the relationship, but says that the sex started later, and that it was between two consenting adults.
After obtaining no positive result from complaints to Sesame Workshop officials, the accuser has lawyered up with Andreozzi and Associates, who handled one of the complaints in the Jerry Sandusky case.
Clash has taken a leave of absence to defend his reputation.
Aren’t you glad we saved big bird?
UPDATE!!! Nevermind! The accuser now states that HE really was legal when he and Kevin Clash had whatever kind of sex. In New York, that means he was greater than 17 years old, and Clash was greater than 45 years old, at the time. Clash, the voice who made Elmo a star, is a divorced father of a grown woman, who states that he is gay, and admitted to having a relationship with his accuser. He remains on leave from his job.
We can be soooooooooooo relieved that middle aged Kevin Clash had the good sense to make sure that his young sex partner was of legal age, we still maintain that “Tickle me Elmo” now sounds a bit Nastaaaaay.
UPDATE! Another Lawsuit A new accuser, Cecil Singleton is bringing a five million dollar lawsuit against Kevin Clash. It is alleged that the Clash had been cruising on telephone chat lines for young sex partners and picked up Cecil when he was only 15 years of age. The NY Daily News states that Sheldon Stevens, who made news earlier this month with his accusation, had been paid $125,000 dollars as a settlement, prior to recanting his charges. He now wants to return this money and says that his charges are true.
In the wake of the new accusations from Singleton, Kevin Clash has resigned from Sesame Street as the voice of Elmo.
UPDATE, Boy #3 This one is named John Doe. He has started the manuscript of a book about his encounters with Kevin Clash, which he says began when he was 16. One of the chapters of his book to be is: “Tickled my Heart”. He has filed suit for $75,000 in damages. Perhaps that will help him get his book published. The boys are popping up like mushrooms. No wonder Kevin resigned.