Who didn’t see this coming? First the accusation, then the PR statement, then the denials, now the walking papers. All before Thanksgiving and Christmas. Dang! Then again, who wants to know that the guy behind Elmo, yes – Kevin Clash was a young boy lover. Yuck! However, you are innocent until proven guilty. Sesame Street wants no controversy, so goodbye – don’t let the door hit you.
According to our buddies over at TMZ:
Kevin 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 accusation 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.