Kevin Clash, the voice of Elmo, has resigned from Sesame Street. He said that the allegations of having sex with a minor was a distraction.
I am so sad. He really shouldn’t have involved himself with a hustler. Now a second accuser has come forward.
BREAKING: Sesame Workshop says Elmo actor Kevin Clash resigned, calling sex allegations “distraction.”
— The Associated Press (@AP) November 20, 2012
From Sesame Street:
Sesame Workshop’s mission is to harness the educational power of media to help all children the world over reach their highest potential. Kevin Clash has helped us achieve that mission for 28 years, and none of us, especially Kevin, want anything to divert our attention from our focus on serving as a leading educational organization. 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.
Kevin Clash statement:
“I am resigning from Sesame Workshop with a very heavy heart. I have loved every day of my 28 years working for this exceptional organization. Personal matters have diverted attention away from the important work Sesame Street is doing and I cannot allow it to go on any longer. I am deeply sorry to be leaving and am looking forward to resolving these personal matters privately.”
From Daily Beast:
Bad news for LOL Elmo sales. Kevin Clash, the Elmo puppeteer, resigned on Tuesday after a second accuser came forward saying he had underage sex with Clash. The new allegation comes on the heels of a redaction of the recantation of allegations against the voice of Elmo after the initial accuser said he was “pressured” into taking back what he said. TMZ reports that the second man, now 30, has filed a $5 million suit against Clash, saying that they met on a gay phone-chat service in 1993, when he was 15. The accuser also says that Cash preyed on young boys while on Sesame Street.
This guy is accusing him for something that happend 20 years ago. Is this the new Sandusky scandal waiting to unravel?