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Kevin Clash

HUGE VICTORY FOR ELMO

in Child Molestation Cases

7/1/2013 8:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0701_kevin_clash_gettyPay attention kids, 'cause today's lesson -- YOU SNOOZE, YOU LOSE.

TMZ has learned ... Kevin Clash -- who famously voiced Elmo -- just scored a big victory in the child molestation cases filed against him, after a judge ruled that THREE accusers had waited too long to file their lawsuits.

According to the legal documents filed in federal court in New York and obtained by TMZ, the judge THREW OUT the lawsuits filed by Cecil Singleton, Kevin Kiadii and a 3rd unnamed accuser -- after deciding their cases against Clash had been submitted after the statute of limitations had run out.

We broke the story ... Singleton sued Clash back in 2012 (when he was 23) claiming an adult Clash seduced him when he was 15 years old.  Singleton says they had sexual intercourse years later ... when Cecil was an adult.

In the documents, the judge explains that the statute of limitations to sue expired 3 years after the accusers turned 18 ... therefore, they're all too late.

Clash resigned from his job with Sesame Street after several men -- including Singleton and Kiadii -- came forward with allegations of inappropriate sexual relationships.

Clash has denied any wrongdoing.

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16.

ohhappydays    

It's all lies- everyone know Elmo has no pecker or pants

448 days ago
17.

Mikey    

The Michael Jackson of the puppet world.

448 days ago
18.

ohhappydays    

ALL lies. everyone knows Elmo doesn't have a penis he doesn't even own pants.

448 days ago
19.

Mikey    

Is there any doubt he masturbates with that puppet?

448 days ago
20.

khaines    

HE IS STILL A CHILD MOLESTER, how is this a "victory"? It's a "victory" that the children he molested can't sue in court??????WTF???What about their lives, how they are affected by the abuse? It's sure as hell not a victory for them, and they should be the ones getting focused on, not how lucky the molester skates the charges.

448 days ago
21.

david    

and other news elmo, ernie and bert just joined the church of scientology where they are getting daily stress test by the use of a e-meter and also its been found out that big bird is in the closet and tom cruise and they wont come out!!!!

448 days ago
22.

alex    

i understand the judge had no choice but this just is wrong

448 days ago
23.

Mike    

TMZ, a pedophile escaping justice due to a legal technicality is NOT a victory. It is a travesty.

448 days ago
24.

Buddy    

Since Kevin Clash hasn’t been convicted of anything perhaps Sesame Workshop should give him his job back. There’s lots of people out there who’ve made mistakes. There is also a lot of employees of Sesame workshop that are gay. I think he deserves a second chance.

448 days ago
25.

Kelly    

Huge victory? I guess, yeah. You won't be officially branded a pedo by the government because time ran out. I guess not having to admit you did it and/or live in a concrete cell is nice, so okay - huge victory.

448 days ago
26.

exlax    

he is still a phedophile

448 days ago
27.

John    

KEVIN CLASH, I am so happy for you. God bless you. Amen. Amen. And... Amen!

448 days ago
28.

Lori    

Three years is too short a period of time for people to bring charges against a molester or rapist. I hope Kevin Clash is innocent, but the fact remains that MILLIONS of kids are molested and raped each year and most are not ready to talk about it within a 3 year time frame.

448 days ago
29.

Toilethead    

Guilty as hell and lucky as hell.

448 days ago
30.

Ckl    

The victory was Clash's, not Elmo. There are no victories for Elmo in this sad affair.

448 days ago
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