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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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31.

EMZ    

The first accusation was newsworthy. The new one was reported 20 years after the (alleged) fact by someone who claims to have been a 15-year-old frequenting gay chat lines who just miraculously happened to become aware that the relationship damaged him after he realized he could get money from it like the first accuser did. It's so obviously and comically false as to not even be worth reporting.

Hey, guess what, TMZ? I'd like to accuse Billy Crystal of putting his finger in my butt when I was 9. I anxiously await your story regarding this. After all, if a person with zero credibility who stands to profit says it, that's totally newsworthy, right?

669 days ago
32.

Toilethead    

I'm sure he'll make lots of new friends in prison, the creep.

669 days ago
33.

STFUP    

"The children! Won't someone PLEASE think about the children!"
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They'll all be heartbroken that Elmo is gone (or won't sound the same anymore w/o Clash voicing him).
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The accuser has lost ALL credibility & won't win his case.

669 days ago
34.

Spencer B in MD    

"P.B.S. = Prepubescent Boy Suck"

669 days ago
35.

bb    

Maybe he can start a new range of sex toys for gay men called Extort Me Elmo? I think that has a nice ring to it.

669 days ago
36.

Linda    

Child molester! It figures!!!

669 days ago
37.

really! really?    

You can take Kevin Clash out of Elmo but can you take Elmo out of Kevin Clash?---- Sorry, couldn't resist.

669 days ago
38.

SSinOC    

Sesame Street would have known about this long ago and it wasn't until they couldn't deny it any longer that they stepped in. They'll feel this move in the pocket book.

669 days ago
39.

Spencer B in MD    

Kevin Clash was not only the voice of Elmo - Kevin clash was the succulent lips, agile tongue, moist mouth and glorious swallow of Elmo too!

669 days ago
40.

BrownEyez    

This lawsuit

669 days ago
41.

gu5t0e    

All this explains how Tickle Me Elmo came about... Smh

669 days ago
42.

ColoradoRob    

Homoing will get you in trouble every time!

669 days ago
43.

BrownEyez    

This reminds me of the John Travolta lawsuits one after another dnt be shocked if another person comes fwd. seasame streets will never be the same. Just like pee wee Herman.

669 days ago
44.

WendyDarling66    

Hmmmm ...almost reminds me of those of the MJ accusations....Not really sure what to think...Do not want to pass judgement on either side,not my place.All I know is that Elmo has brought so much joy to millions of children all around the world for many years. Kevin Clash is not only the voice of Elmo,he is the creator,and the heart of Elmo...I am sure SS will try to fill his shoes with another Elmo-impersonator,and there are some damn good ones out there...but it will never really be the same again :(

669 days ago
45.

Spencer B in MD    

In Mexico, "ELMO" is short for "EL H0M0"

669 days ago
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