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Voice of Elmo Kevin Clash

Resigns

from Sesame Street

11/20/2012 10:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

1120-elmo-kevin-clash-gettyKevin Clash, the voice of Elmo, has resigned from Sesame Street ... in the immediate wake of a new lawsuit accusing him of having sex with an underage boy -- the second such allegation in 2 weeks.

TMZ broke the story ... Clash is being sued by Cecil Singleton, who claims he met Kevin in a gay phone chat back in '93 ... when he was 15 and Clash was 32.

Sesame Workshop says, "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."

Sesame Workshop had previously told TMZ, "Elmo is bigger than any one person." That was in response to the initial underage sex accusation from Sheldon Stephens.

As TMZ previously reported ... Stephens signed a $125,000 settlement with Clash, but has since expressed regret over signing the deal which required him to recant his claim.

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136.

msmoeliss    

That is really sad, his whole career down the drain. Even if he did have sex with them when they were underage it was consentual. Not rape or molestation these two money grabing a -holes have not only ruined kevins career but they have also ruined elmo. Yeah sesame street will find someone who sounds LIKE elmo but it wont be the same and that pisses me off. Just like when jim henson died kermit the frog was never the same again.

670 days ago
137.

QueenB    

I am so on TEAM ELMO. LA LA LA LA

670 days ago
138.

msmoeliss    

Elmo just died today. :(

670 days ago
139.

JB    

Has anyone really looked at the accusers?? Innocent until proven guilty. I agree that he should step down at SS until this is resolved though. Less for people to talk about. But I have a sneaky suspicion that these guys are out for money or fame from this. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

670 days ago
140.

Smitty    

I'll never look at a "Tickle Me Elmo" the same way again...

670 days ago
141.

Holdon McGroin    

The closet doors at on Sesame Street are revolving anyway. That way they can have an endless supply of "closeteers".

670 days ago
142.

Bigmama    

R.i.p. Elmo

670 days ago
143.

Bigmama    

Everybody is after money..smh

670 days ago
144.

goosling    

I've always hated Elmo.

670 days ago
145.

Enlightened    

All of these annoying little legal roadblocks will be eliminated once enough gays are in office. They will get the age of consent down to 15 (or 14) nationally, so they can legally molest as many young boys as they want. I've lived in NY all of my adult life and have never met a gay man who wasn't drooling over teen boys, the younger the better. Soon, they will tell us that we need to be more "tolerant" of the sexual tastes of gay men. Just as you have read post after post from people here on TMZ defending Clash and condemning these teen boys as "willing" participants (as if a decades-younger child is capable of giving informed consent to an old a$$ man in a superior financial position), the gay agenda will promote the idea of sex with younger and younger boys, until we reach the point that ANY male child is fair game for these degenerates. Welcome to Obama Morality 2.0

670 days ago
146.

IcarusAscending    

I don't know about pedophilia, but Kevin Clash was certainly using his status to entice very young men with very little romantic/sexual experience. Whether the young men were 15, 18 or 21, the age disparity was simply inappropriate. Pursuing a 21 year old is certainly better than pursuing a 15 year old, but regardless, such an age disparity is not healthy for either party. As for Kevin Clash's professional accomplishments, they have nothing whatsoever to do with his sexual pursuits--as we have seen from successful professionals as recently as the Penn State scandal.

670 days ago
147.

IcarusAscending    

Amen, "Character Assassin."

I'm a 43 year old gay man. It was completely inappropriate for Kevin Clash to have pursued sex with a 15, 18 or 21 year old--even if they were BEGGING for it from him.

Give them an inch, sooner or later, they'll want a mile. The guy was educated and in a position of authority, so you're telling me... if he sought out a person of youth, with low self-esteem and a limited intellectual capacity, showered them with gifts/presents and what not, and then somehow convinced them to have sex with him it's okay with you? We have a problem there. If I'm not mistaken, those are telltale traits of a predatory Groomer. Maybe he didn't do it on show but I'm sure he made it up somewhere else.

670 days ago
148.

IcarusAscending    

When you're 15 years old, are you really old enough to give "consent" to a 40 year old??? Are you worldly enough to know exactly what you're getting into, from a psychological/emotional standpoint? It's the 40 year old who has to set the boundary with the 15 year old, even if the 15 year old was pursuing sex in chat rooms. The 15 year old who wants to have sex with a 40 year old clearly has "daddy" issues, so if you're the 40 year old man, do you really want to encourage him to indulge in such an unhealthy sexual pairing? Kevin Clash not only should not have been pursuing sex with young men, but Kevin should not have allowed the young men to pursue him as their sexual partner. Do better, people! Do better! Don't you remember how vulnerable and uncertain you were at 15, 18 or even 21???

670 days ago
149.

Rachel    

I have issues that is took this person 20-years to even say anything. I'm sure it is a difficult thing to admit, but all of a sudden, 20-years later, they come out of the woodwork and accuse someone of having sex with them. I'm not saying it was appropriate for Clash to do this, but it just seems like a very long time to wait and report the incident.

670 days ago
150.

Bagheera    

I have 1 question. What was a 15 year old doing in a gay phone chat?
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Actually, 2 questions. What was a 15 year old doing in a sex chat back in 1993?

670 days ago
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