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The United States Court of Appeals recently dismissed three sex abuse lawsuits brought against former Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash,” RadarOnline reports. As you may recall, three men—Cecil Singleton, Kevin Kiadii and a man who identified himself under the initials of S.M.—all claimed to have been sexually abused by Clash as teenagers more than ten years ago.
Though their lawsuits against Clash were initially thrown out by a New York judge last July because the six-year statute of limitation expired, the men took their cases to the Court of Appeals, where they also lost.While the men claimed that they didn’t fully realize the impacts of the sexual abuse until 2012, the Court of Appeals ruled that they “failed to provide any reason why [they] were unable to discover their injuries prior to 2012.” The Court found that their argument was “without merit” and moved to dismiss all three of their lawsuits.
While this is a huge victory for Clash, he isn’t completely out of the clear. He still faces a lawsuit filed by Sheldon Stephens, who accused the former “Sesame Street” star of smoking crystal meth while sexually abusing him when he was 16.
It appears that this long-lived saga may finally be coming to an end soon.
A couple of months ago, we all fell in love with the little ballerina who was doing it for the vine. With her glasses, red lip and big girl bun she was just too adorable to ignore, and her video went viral, several times over. Everybody’s out here doing it for the Vine, the Gram, these streets, everywhere.
So, it only makes sense that Sesame Street would want to get in on the action. The children’s show teamed up with comedian Craig Robinson to create their own version…with the homie Elmo.
Watch Elmo do it for the vine and then, for old time’s sake, replay the original.
Love everything about this. So adorable!
It has been a few months since we’ve heard anything about the lawsuits pending against ex-Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash but that doesn’t mean the wheels haven’t been turning.
His lawyer Michael Berger filed a brief in the New York Federal Court on Friday claiming statute of limitations should be applicable in all three cases. He states:
“There are two applicable types of statutes of limitations, a six-year one based on when the right of action has accrued, and a three-year one based on when the alleged victim turned eighteen and was therefore no longer under the disability of being a minor.”
With that in mind, he went on to say that all three men – Cecil Singleton who said he first came in contact with Clash in 2003, “John Doe” who said his relationship began in 2000 and S.M., who said his affair with Clash happened in the mid-90s -would have had to file their lawsuits in 2009, 2006 and 2001, respectively to fit in the first option of the statute or in 2009, 2003 and 2001, respectively, to fit into the second statute.
It should be noted, and was pointed out by attorney Jeff Herman who represents all three men he spoke to E! Online, that there is no denial on Clash’s part of sexual misconduct:
“It should be noted his motion does not say the abuse did not happen, just that it is too late to file the complaints. The law we are proceeding under recognizes the rights of victims to bring their lawsuits within six years from the time they connect their injuries to the abuse. We are hopeful the Court will see it our way, however, by being able to bring their claims forth publicly the victims are already further along in the healing process.”
That is, indeed, interesting as is the fact that none of the alleged victims are seeking that criminal charges be brought up against Clash. These are all civil suits seeking financial damages.
If this goes to trial, it will be interesting to see how it plays out.
Clash’s latest loss comes from the hands of Warner Bros. Pictures, who has reportedly canned an untitled upcoming feature film that was in development with the puppeteer. According to development document obtained by Vulture, Clash was working with the studio in recent months to develop a new character centered around “a ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ kind of movie about a kid and his stuffed animal that takes on a life of its own because of the child’s imagination.”
Although Warner Bros. has severed ties with the developing film, one insider close to the project revealed to the site that it’s unlikely another studio may be interested in the motion picture due to Clash’s recent controversy.
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In MN’s Year In Review, we’re counting down our top stories as well as the biggest moments in television, music, movies, and news.
With so much going on every day, most news stories end up being big today and forgotten tomorrow, but these 10 stories were so shocking, sad, and disturbing they stuck with us all year. Check out the list:
In April, 18-year-old Port Richey, FL, mom Chekayla Dampier was arrested on charges of aggravated child abuse after she put her 7-week-old baby under scalding hot water to punish him for crying excessively. A little over a week later, the baby boy died from the burns he suffered as a result of the 142-degree water which left him with severe burns to his head, chest, arms, and even his eyes and ears.
Charges against Stephons were dropped two weeks later.Criminal charges were initially filed against Stephens in a Pennsylvania court, where a judge ordered him held in lieu of $15,000 bail. The criminal complaint notes that a Beverly Hills Police Department detective told Pennsylvania investigators that he “would be filing charges in Beverly Hills for theft and other charges.”
Yesterday, when I found out that puppeteer Kevin Clash, the man who’s largely responsible for Sesame Street’s Elmo, had been accused of carrying on a sexual relationship with an underage boy, my heart hurt. The news literally messed up my morning.
But now, at the news that the man who accused Clash, has recanted his statement, saying that the relationship was both adult and consensual, I can breathe a huge sigh of relief. I was going to exaggerate and say my faith in humanity had been restored, but then I thought about how mean spirited and vicious this man must have been to falsely accuse Clash of this type of relationship, knowing his career is centered around entertaining children.
Even though this anonymous man has recanted his statement, the damage has already been done. Kevin’s name has already been slandered, his reputation has already been compromised and his legacy a bit tarnished by a bold faced lie. While I’m happy the Mr. Anon decided to come clean, I’m saddened by the fact that he even had to take it there in the first place because we all know that bad news travels 20 times faster than good news.
Hopefully, people will get the full story and Clash can go back to doing the work he’s done so well for the past 30+ years.
“Men are policemen, doctors, social workers, teachers… people who are entrusted to the care of children but according to Virgin once you step on one of their planes you are a pedophile or a potential pedophile.”Even in my own personal prejudices and biases, if a woman was sitting alone in the playground, I would probably guess that she is enjoying nature or her alone time. But if it was a man sitting alone in that same playground, I might assume more dubious motivations. For that, I kind of feel sorry for men. However, for every falsely accused man in the world there are dozens – if not hundreds of heartbreaking stories of folks doing God-awful things to children. So it is best to always air on the side of caution and pay attention, regardless of gender, to who these people are that we have around our children.
Kevin Clash doesn’t have to worry about how to get to Sesame Street for a while because the beloved voice of Elmo is involved in a major scandal right now. The 55-year-old who has been the voice of the popular red puppet since 1984 has been accused of having a sexual relationship with an underage boy and has subsequently been placed on a leave of absence.
According to a statement from Sesame’s Workshop:
In June of this year, Sesame Workshop received a communication from a then 23 year old man who alleged that he had a relationship beginning when he was 16 years old with Kevin Clash, a Sesame Workshop puppeteer who performs as Elmo.
We took the allegation very seriously and took immediate action. We met with the accuser twice and had repeated communications with him. We met with Kevin, who denied the accusation. We also conducted a thorough investigation and found the allegation of underage conduct to be unsubstantiated. Although this was a personal relationship unrelated to the workplace, our investigation did reveal that Kevin exercised poor judgment and violated company policy regarding internet usage and he was disciplined.
Kevin insists that the allegation of underage conduct is false and defamatory and he is taking actions to protect his reputation. We have granted him a leave of absence to do so.
Elmo is bigger than any one person and will continue to be an integral part of Sesame Street to engage, educate and inspire children around the world, as it has for 40 years.
This news is obviously a major blow to Clash’s legacy. He is, or perhaps was, approaching 30 years as the voice of Elmo and has won a number of awards for his work with Sesame Street, including 10 Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Performer in a Children’s Series. When TMZ asked the actor, who was previously married and is the father of one daughter, about the situation he told the site:
“I had a relationship with [the accuser]. It was between two consenting adults and I am deeply saddened that he is trying to make it into something it was not.”
You do have to question the motive of this man coming forward wth this allegation seven years after their relationship supposedly began. This story definitely has the potential to be evidence a lover’s quarrel gone wrong. I definitely hope this story isn’t true.