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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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121.

Kowny Krush    

Tickle me, Elmo.

617 days ago
122.

Kowny Krush    

Oh well.
He'll find something else to shove his fist into.

617 days ago
123.

saynotolies    

I saw a show not to long ago, about Kevin and how he started out with making his own characters. His big dream was to work with Jim Henson. Well, Jim must be rolling in his grave, after all of this... Kevin's behavior is such a shame....

617 days ago
124.

scarecrow    

Who cares how old he was at the time. He's still a sick bast*+# that plays with dolls and is a homo that likes little boys. Poor Elmo is the one getting the bad wrap.

617 days ago
125.

b_cause    

Damn B!

617 days ago
126.

IcarusAscending    

If you're 20 years older than the person you're dating, and the person you're dating is in their teens--even late teens--you've got some serious issues. Even if you're 41 and you're dating someone 21, you've got issues. Legal or not, a 40 year old does not need to be dating someone 20+ years younger. Such a relationship is about power and control on the part of the elder. Kevin Clash needs a lot of therapy.

617 days ago
127.

Mustard    

Statutory rape is a lot different then a pedophile seeking out children for an inappropriate relationship. This men consented and that's means they weren't molested or a victim of pedophilia. Both young men, whatever their age were a willing participant. It's too bad he has to leave his job when he clearly didn't groom children on the set of the show. He met this man in the confines of a sex chat line. He was a football coach sneaking a pek in the shower. We need to keep the two very separate. I don't condone any of what he did just think we shouldn't think of him in the same light as someone who rapes and molests young children

617 days ago
128.

wolfcon    

Why was the 15 year old on a gay phone chat anyways. I'm not usually one for blaming the victim but neither one of these men look like victims to me. On another note I keep imagining a Kevin Clash getting caught on To Catch a Predator. lol

617 days ago
129.

leafsfan1977    

Well, I refuse to pass judgement regarding innocence or guilt until these allegations have merit. Earlier this year, I watched Kevin Clash's do***entary, "Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey" and was honestly inspired. He wasn't just the "voice" of Elmo, as TMZ puts it. He gave life and personality to the character. Clash is an extremely skilled puppeteer. Jim Henson saw it....which is why he became as successful as he has. As for the first allegation, I really don't know. Clash admitted to having a relationship with the "victim" as an adult. An agreement was signed where the "victim" retracted the previous allegation for money.....then retracts the retraction a week later. Who knows? As for the second allegation, I think it's a money grab, plain and simple. Why wait 20 years (and 2 weeks after the initial allegation) to step forward......with a demand of $5 million to boot?? I honestly and sincerely hope these allegations are false. After watching his film, I gained much respect for a man who stopped at nothing to follow his dream.....and it seems to me that jeopardizing it all for the sake of underage sex would be far too big a gamble. But I, nor anyone here knows the truth one way or another. I just think some people are far too quick to play the role of judge, jury & executioner when it hasn't been determined if these allegations took place or not. Just my $0.02.

617 days ago
130.

bb    

To people saying where there's smoke there's fire - that "smoke" is most likely that he does indeed like 'em young - you know, like Madonna, or Doug Huchinson. However, this doesn't automatically imply that he's a law breaker and actually slept with these men when they were underage. Yes, it does mean he has issues, but the age of consent either is 18 or it isn't.

617 days ago
131.

Lisa    

This is a sad day for CHILDREN! YOU SICK WRITER!

617 days ago
132.

garwilly     

What is with these little F@gs and ho€s always wanting money for sh!t that didn't happen....

617 days ago
133.

Mike    

Sick ***

617 days ago
134.

Mali    

WHO WILL PLAY ELMO NEXT

617 days ago
135.

Justsay Nohan    

I'm not calling the second accuser a liar but his timing is EXTRAORDINARILY suspicious. He waits 20 years until someone else comes forward and is PAID OFF for a similar claim and we're not supposed to think he's motivated by money? He may be telling the truth about the encounter but I don't believe for a nanosecond that it took TWO DECADES to realize that he was emotionally scarred as a result? Quite a convenient and well-timed "coincidence".

617 days ago
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