Kevin Clash, the man who’s been the voice of Elmo for over 25 years, has resigned from Sesame Street after a second victim stepped forward alleging an affair with Clash when he was underaged.
According to TMZ, Clash is being sued by 24-year-old Cecil Singleton, who claims he met Kevin in a gay phone chat back in 2003 when he was 15 and Clash was 32.
Singleton claims that Clash “trolled gay telephone chat line rooms to meet and have sex with underage boys” and that he was “preying on teenage boys to satisfy his depraved sexual interests.”
Singleton is now demanding over $5 million.
This second allegation comes shortly after Clash’s original accuser Sheldon Stephens claimed he was forced to recant his story in exchange for a $125,000 settlement. Stephens now wants to forfeit the settlement and clear his name.
As for Clash’s name, he and Elmo have become synonymous with underage sex scandals so Sesame Street released the following statement announcing the veteran puppeteer’s resignation:
“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.”
It’s a sad day for Elmo, especially. After all these years he’s going to have to get used to a new guy shoving his hand up his backside. Hopefully that won’t end in a lawsuit too.