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longtime voice of Elmo, resigns amid underage sex controversy

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Kevin Clash, the puppeteer behind “Sesame Street’s” Elmo, has resigned after 28 years as the voice behind one of the series’ most popular and beloved characters, the New York Times reports.

Clash became embroiled in a topsy-turvy sex scandal that became public last week, in which an aspiring actor/ model Sheldon Stephens claimed to have had a sexual relationship with Clash when he was just 16 years old.

Sesame Workshop said it had investigated the underage sex claims over the summer and found them to be unsubstantiated, but Clash was disciplined for sending explicit e-mails to Stephens over his company account.

Stephens initially recanted his claim last week, saying that he had an “adult consensual relationship” with Clash that began after he turned 18.

Stephens reportedly settled for $125,000 in return for recanting his underage sex claim. But this week, Stephens allegedly wanted to take back the recantation and stand by his original allegation.

TMZ reported Monday morning that a second accuser, Cecil Singleton, filed a $5 million lawsuit against Clash that alleges the two had a sexual relationship when Singleton was just 15.

The lawsuit claims that “[Clash] trolled gay telephone chat line rooms to meet and have sex with underage boys.” Singleton alleges that although the relationship occurred two decades ago, “he did not become aware that he had suffered adverse psychological and emotional effects from Kevin Clash’s sexual acts and conduct until 2012.”

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  1. Mary Jane Anklestraps

    November 20th, 2012

    Go away, freak! And take BigTurd with ya.

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  2. jclady

    November 20th, 2012

    Sticking your hand up the butt of a puppet = acting out.

    Duh.

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  3. FreeMan & Sarah Intend to Defend

    November 20th, 2012

    Elmo’s colon will never be the same.

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  4. jclady

    November 20th, 2012

    @FreeMan — your Thanksgiving gift to me is paper towels. :)

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  5. FreeMan & Sarah Intend to Defend

    November 20th, 2012

    Thanks to Obama at least Big Bird will go on.

    JC – paper towels?

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  6. CrustyB

    November 20th, 2012

    “Sesame Workshop said it had investigated the underage sex claims”

    Now there’s a line you don’t read everyday.

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  7. jclady

    November 20th, 2012

    “Elmo’s colon will never be the same.”

    Spew on the screen!!!

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  8. FreeMan & Sarah Intend to Defend

    November 20th, 2012

    Oh, a bit thick up here is Obamavania.

    I could understand why Kevin Clash would need the paper towels.

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  9. jclady

    November 20th, 2012

    You’re killing me!!!

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  10. Navy Squid

    November 20th, 2012

    Guess that explains his “Elmo” voice – he was gargling sperm!

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  11. FreeMan & Sarah Intend to Defend

    November 20th, 2012

    I shot my first Turkey today.

    Not sure why everyone was running from the frozen food section.

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  12. FreeMan & Sarah Intend to Defend

    November 20th, 2012

    Look at that chicks arm, no wonder all the other Muppet’s called Elmo stretch.

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  13. IronyCurtain

    November 20th, 2012

    And to think there were rumors about Bert and Ernie.

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  14. KF

    November 20th, 2012

    Elmo is gonna’ be the new pedo bear if this thing goes to court.

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  15. FreeMan & Sarah Intend to Defend

    November 20th, 2012

    This could bring all the other actors into question.

    Muppet’s are asking what is already on everyones mind.

    ” What’s up your ass”

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  16. Edith McCrotch

    November 20th, 2012

    I predict (pun intended) the putz will off himself by autoerotic asphyxiation…

    ….and the second accuser, Cecil Singleton, filed for $5 million?

    now that’s just being gleedy.

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  17. Bad Brad

    November 20th, 2012

    I bet all these guys sat around choking the chicken with their puppets on their hands after every show. On special occasions, they swapped puppets.

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  18. Wyatt, Insensitive Progressive Jerk

    November 20th, 2012

    Don’t miss the learning opportunity.

    “And now Count Von Count will count to two. One pedophile victim, two pedophile victims. For the rest of the show, and for the next several episodes, the Count will count the jury award against Elmo and his special buddy – one dollar, two dollars, three dollars….”

    Tune in next month when Count Von Count finally finishes calculating the damage award.

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  19. old_oaks

    November 20th, 2012

     
  20. Name Redacted™

    November 21st, 2012

    “Please don’t tickle me, Elmo!”

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  21. Alxandro

    November 21st, 2012

    Romney was right, maybe it is time to get rid of Sesame Street.

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  22. Alxandro

    November 21st, 2012

    The victim said “tickle me homo”, and the puppeteer merely complied.

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  23. Paul Moore

    November 21st, 2012

    That whole Muppet Empire is shot through with scandal. When asked why he didn’t attend the funeral of Frank Oz, Kermit had no comment.

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  24. Davide

    November 21st, 2012

    and I thought just Bert and Ernie were “light in the loafers”

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  25. F.D.R. in Hell

    November 21st, 2012

    I had my suspicions about Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy.

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  26. Da Penguin Asks: Are we there yet

    November 21st, 2012

    Elmo says kevin is a sick friggin pervert Elmo says

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  27. Jerry Manderin

    November 21st, 2012

    What’s brown and smells like poo?

    Kevin Clash’s fist.

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  28. grayjohn

    November 21st, 2012

    Diddle me Elmo. Queers outing queers as molesters?I bet PBS is riddled with every kind of pervert.

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  29. Aidan

    November 21st, 2012

    I guess it really is the Children’s Television Workshop after all.

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  30. Corky

    November 21st, 2012

    The new “Don’t Touch me Elmo” coming soon from “Sexting-Me Street”

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  31. Patricia

    November 21st, 2012

    Ohoh, looks like a lawyer did some trolling! Took all that time to discover the terrible effects of all that fun – yah, right!

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  32. Mz McHorsey

    November 21st, 2012

    I suppose Elmo is obviously gay outta his drag. The model/actor/stalker Kevin Pooh is as gay as Hussein…. you may be looking at the new “Reggie Love”….

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