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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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46.

lalet    

YES!!!!!! Now if they will just get rid of the character completely and go back to the original sesame street format. I might actually allow my child to watch it.

668 days ago
47.

Sdm1977    

Well, there are a lot of unemployed people out there that could use a job. I'm pretty sure there are quite a few that will qualify for a voice over for Elmo. Out with the old and in with the new. It's not like they're replacing Charlie sheen with Ashton kutcher

668 days ago
48.

CharlieDon'tSurf1    

CTW- Sesame Street and co. : Ido voice characterizations and would love to audition for Elmo. No joke, I can nail that voice. I just need the opportunity.

668 days ago
49.

Her Imperial and Royal Majesty    

Maybe the best thing would be for this to go to court and have the truth come out. If this guy is guilty, then he will pay. If he´s innocent, then other "gold-diggers" will be discouraged from making up stories for money.

668 days ago
50.

paul a.    

Ewwww...........

668 days ago
51.

CriticXtreme    

LA-LA-LA-LA NO MORE ELHOMO'S WORLD! Damn shame how you let your boy wants get in the way of making boatloads of money. At this point, O.J. is smarter then you.

668 days ago
52.

Kelly    

Can't wait for the sequel to "Being Elmo."

668 days ago
53.

auntiemaim    

There would be no "money grabs" without damaging acts to warrant them. He was a grown man, they were kids. We need to stop victim blaming and hold him responsible.

668 days ago
54.

ManiacalZebra    

Why is a 15 year old in a gay phone chat?

668 days ago
55.

Boogie Onerism    

This is why Romney wanted to do away with sesame street. Its a cesspool of pedophiles. Thank you romney for shedding light on big bird, cookie monster, elmo and bert and ernie.

668 days ago
56.

VipGirl007    

Elmo has been Violated! by this sick piece of trash! Poor Elmo :(

Good Riddance Kevin Clash! What sick world we live in.. Nasty Freaks!!!! Find God!!

668 days ago
57.

cindy    

LOL,, notice how you all spew your venom at me, yet not one of you have done any research on your own or even simply googled the names I gave you to see what the black community in Chicago already knows about it. Blind Sheep, just what Obama was hoping for.

668 days ago
58.

Carl    

Once again money grubbing liars triumph. They should go into politics next.

668 days ago
59.

Beauty Dude    

I still smell money, and why did it take douche bag number two so long, Maybe because the first was offered money? The first enema bag crying is bull #*%@ and it smells like a dirty trick from an attorney holding out for more cash.

668 days ago
60.

rrronin    

"a sad day for Sesame Street"...they should be glad this child-predator resigned!!! Not much regard for the alleged victims of this pervert. Skanky-man should do some serios jail time if he is found guilty.

668 days ago
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