Kevin Clash has been doing Elmo for 28 years and is credited for making it famous. He's 52. Kevin says the relationship was consenual between him and a 16 y/o (TMZ). Consenual? hmmmm....even if true, the man was still underage. Kevin's going to be fired and sued.
The puppeteer who provides the voice of Elmo is on a
leave of absence from Sesame Street after denying he had an
inappropriate relationship with a teenage boy.
Sesame Street Workshop says it found the allegation against Kevin
Clash "unsubstantiated," and granted him leave as he takes "actions to
protect his reputation."
In June, the workshop heard from a
23-year-old man who claimed that he had "a relationship" with Clash
beginning when he was 16 years old, the workshop said in a written
The statement did not use the word "sexual."
"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," the Sesame Street Workshop statement said.
"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."
CNN could not reach Clash immediately for a response. TMZ reported
that Clash said his relationship with the accuser "was between two
consenting adults and I am deeply saddened that he is trying to make it
into something it was not."
Last year, Clash spoke to CNN about the magic of Elmo, a "mirror image" for kids.
Edited by Tbaby - Nov 12 2012 at 10:31am