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A Relieved Kevin Clash Cleared Over Sex Abuse Lawsuits


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For a while, there were ‘Elmo is a sex offender!?’ jokes; then people realized it was actually a serious matter, and Kevin Clash was facing a collection of lawsuits for sex abuse against underaged boys. Now, given the judges ruling that the suits were filed too late, a ‘pleased’ Clash is setting about restoring his life to its previous state.

Kevin ClashClash is delighted to be free of those charges

"Kevin is pleased by the judge's decision," his attorney, Michael G. Berger, said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. "As we have maintained all along, our goal has been to put these spurious claims behind him so that Kevin can go about the business of re-claiming his personal life and his professional standing, which was recently recognized once again by the three Emmys he won last month."

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Judge Dismisses Allegations Against Sesame Street's Kevin Clash


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A judge has ruled allegations made against former 'Elmo' puppeteer Kevin Clash cannot be taken further as the three accusers filed their claims too late. Of the five lawsuits filed against Clash, since autumn 2012, only one remains unresolved.

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'Elmo' and Kevin Clash at Sesame Workshop's 8 Annual Benefit Gala, New York, 2010. 

The allegations concern Clash's involvement with three men whilst they were underage. Three separate lawsuits were dismissed by the judge who said the statute of limitations had run out on the claims. This is because it is "more than six years after each plaintiff reasonably should have become aware of the defendant's alleged violations".

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Elmo Puppeteer Kevin Clash Cleared Of Child Molestation Charges


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It was a good day for Sesame Street and Kevin Clash, as the one-time Elmo voice-actor has been cleared of all charges of sexual molestation against three underaged boys, with the ruling judge at a federal court in New York saying that the defendants have waited too long to file their case.

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The voice actor and puppeteer has been cleared of all charges

The lawsuits filed by Cecil Singleton, Kevin Kiadii and a 3rd unnamed accuser was deemed unfit for court, with the judge deciding that the cases against the voice actor and puppeteer was submitted too long after the statute of limitations had run out. As the judge detailed, the statute of limitations to sue someone for molestation expires 3 years after the accusers' 18th birthday and with Singleton - the man who cam forward to the police - aged 23 when he filed the report, he has missed the deadline.

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Sesame Street Divorce? Kids show adds it to Repertoire of Tough Subjects to Cover


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It's hard to underestimate the influence of Sesame Street on young children growing up, waking up before the sun does and sitting in front of a world of knowledge, fuelled by talented writers and told via puppetry.

And with that power, comes a responsibility to tackle relevant subjects for children, without shying away from something that can benefit them in later life. This is why Sesame Street - amidst a challenging period, with the Kevin Clash sex rumors still going strong - have approached the issue of divorce. It seems this time, though, that the children have influenced the show, rather than the other way round, as the writers and producers realized that most kids know about it already. The tough matter was approached via the character of Abby - a fun-loving pink fairy with sparkly hair - who holds up two drawings of houses; one where she lives with her mommy and the other where she lives with daddy. She later explains to Elmo that this is because of a divorce, and that she felt sad to begin with, but got used to it after a while. 

Sesame Street writer Christine Ferraro told Time: "Writing about divorce is not easy.  My approach was from the point of view of Abby whose parents have gone through a divorce in the past, so that it is not a new, raw emotion."

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Elmo Actor Kevin Clash Charged with Third Count of Sexual Abuse


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Accusations of sexual abuse keep piling up for ex Sesame Street puppeteer Kevin Clash.

The fourth alleged victim came forward last week. The young man, referred to only as John Doe during the proceedings, recounted the story of Clash flying him out to New York at 16 or 17 and having sex with him on multiple occasions. The former voice of the beloved Elmo character was in his 30s at the time.

Of the two accusers so far, only three have gone on to file lawsuits. Last week two young men filed suits against Clash, while the first person to come forward later recanted the allegations. The 23-year-old male model, who was 16 when the alleged abuse occurred, reportedly struck a deal with Clash’s attorneys.

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Elmo's Kevin Clash Comes Under Fire For a Fourth Time With Another Underage Sex Accusation


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It has been over a month since Kevin Clash's first confused accuser came forward to sue the voice of Elmo for sex with an under age boy. Since then another three people have also sued Clash. The fourth accuser's suit has filed a suit, made public knowledge today, under the name John Doe (either that's a pseudonym or his parents have an interesting sense of humour). This is the third lawsuit still in action as the first accuser agreed to a financial deal and chose not to further the litigation. 

The details of Doe's case, according to TMZ, state that "he's suffered tremendous emotional, mental and psychological damage as a result of the relationship." Doe's lawyer, Jeff Herman (who is also representing two of the other accusers) has also said that: "According to our lawsuit, Kevin Clash knowingly paid to transport a minor across state lines for the purpose of satisfying his sexual interests." Apparently, this took place in the mid to late '90s when the victim was 16-17, and Clash in his 30s.

The suit claims that Clash and Doe met in Miami in 1996, struck up a relationship and spent a lot of time on the phone before Clash offered to pay for a flight to New York. Doe then stayed at Clash's home for four days, according to CBS. Clash has already resigned from Sesame Street where he was a creative executive producer and the voice and puppeteer of the beloved character Elmo.

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Sesame Street's Kevin Clash Accused of Fourth Case of Sexual Abuse


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Kevin Clash, most known for voicing Sesame Street’s iconic Elmo, has been accused of another instance of sexual abuse of a minor.

This time the accuser, who has chosen to remain anonymous and is only quoted as John Doe in court proceedings, has stated that the abuse occurred on numerous occasions, when he was 16 or 17 and Clash was in his mid-thirties. Doe recounts that the Sesame Street actor paid for him to fly to NYC, as well as giving him a place to stay and some money. The man’s attorney, Jeff Herman, was quoted by TMZ as saying that according the lawsuit, Kevin Clash knowingly paid to transport a minor across state lines for the purpose of satisfying his sexual interests. Doe is the fourth person to come forward with accusations against Clash. The actor resigned from the job as Elmo’s puppeteer after the second accuser, Cecil Singleton, came forth, accusing him of sexual abuse when he was 15. /p>

Sesame Street has yet to address the allegations, but a company spokesperson said for USA Today "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.” Surely, it is a sad day for everyone who has grown up with the iconic voice of Elmo.

Third Kevin Clash Accuser Wrote Memoirs About Sex With Elmo Actor


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A third man accusing Sesame Street actor Kevin Clash of inappropriate sexual relations has written about their encounters in his memoirs.

And from the snippets we’ve seen, courtesy of New York Post, they are not for the faint-hearted. The man, who refuses to be named, has claimed that the encounter between him and Clash took place in a Manhattan apartment in 2000 and has stated, in a lawsuit that he was 16 at the time.

In Chapter 11 of his unpublished memoir, he wrote that Clash “showed me what it felt like to get on your knees and obey your man.” The excerpt was recited by the lawyer Jeff Herman at a press conference at the Hilton Midtown. He continued reading: “Mr. Tickler is what I will call him, and the game we played was father and son… On our first night, I did not lose my virginity; however, I learned what it felt like to have a man kiss you and take your breath away.” Is your skin crawling yet?

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Voice of Elmo Sex Scandal Continues As Kevin Clash Receives Further Accusations After Resignation


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Having left his long-term tenure as the voice of Elmo, resigning from his post after 28 years of service to Sesame Street in light of sexual abuse scandals, Kevin Clash has been hit with yet another accusation of underage sex. 

In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, according to Reuters, a man identified only as 'John' alleges Kevin Clash engaged in oral sex and other sex acts with him when 'John' was 16 years old. The suit seeks at least $75,000 in damages. Clash's publicist, Risa B. Heller, said in an emailed statement, "Mr. Clash believes the lawsuit has no merit". The suit also alleges the following; that the incident or incidents occurred in 2000 or 2001 when John, who is from Florida, visited New York for modeling opportunities; that John came to know Clash through a telephone chat line for homosexuals; and that Clash claimed to be a 30-year-old named Craig, while he was in fact 40. 

Clash, now 52, resigned on November 20 from Sesame Workshop after nearly 30 years on the show. His resignation came the same day Cecil Singleton filed a claim seeking more than $5 million in damages from Clash. Singleton claims he met the then-32-year-old puppeteer in 1993 in a gay chat room when he was 15.

Third Accusation Of Underage Sex Leveled At Elmo Puppeteer Kevin Clash


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What at first looked like to be a case blown wholly out of proportion is now increasingly looking like a sad tale indeed, with a third sexual allegation being leveled at Sesame Street’s Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash.

Two weeks ago Clash was first accused of having sex with a boy under the age of legal sexual consent; it appeared to be a ruse as the accuser withdrew the statement and said that the pair had had sex once he was of legal age. However, reports suggested that the claimant was put under severe duress to withdraw his initial allegation, and since then a second and now third allegation has been made.

This one, according to the New York Daily News, alleges that Clash plied the claimant – again supposedly underage – with alcohol in order to groom into sexual activity in his Manhattan apartment. The claim was filed under the name John Doe, who is now 29 years of age. The supposed incident occurred when he was just 16, though, with Clash reportedly going under the name Craig to protect his identity. Following the incident the file claims that Doe was contacted incessantly by Clash to “arrange meetings for sexual encounters”. The lawsuit last week saw 24 year-old Sheldon Stephens file for $5 million after alleging sexual intercourse with Clash aged just 15.

Sesame Street Director Emily Squires Dies Ages 71


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Emily Squires, part of the Sesame Street team, directing multiple episodes, and applying her talents to soap operas including The Guiding Light and As the World Turns, has died aged 71.

Squires directed the "Sesame Street" children's television series from 1982 to 2007 while also writing for the program; her husband, Len Belzer, said on Friday (Nov, 23) that the cause of death is yet to be determined, The Huffington Post reports. A member of the popular Sesame Street show, which has been plunged into controversy surrounding the Kevin Clash sex scandal, as one of the programs most loved characters, Elmo, is under intense scrutiny, Squires death marks an incredibly sad month for all involved. Clash has since resigned from his position amidst the allegations levelled against him. She directed several Sesame Street TV specials as well as other children's programs such as the PBS show Between the Lions, which promoted reading and learning. She also was a scriptwriter for soap operas including The Guiding Light, Search for Tomorrow, The Secret Storm and As the World Turns, proving herself to be one of the biggest talents in television.

Emily Squires had also been acknowledged in the categories of Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series, Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team, and Outstanding Directing in a Children's series with fifteen Daytime Emmys nominations. 

Elmo Stands Tall: Not Even A Sex Scandal Can Stop The Sesame Street Veteran


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Elmo is refusing to retire from Sesame Street, despite Kevin Clash leaving the show following high profile underage sex allegations. The loveable puppet sang his heart out during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City on Thursday (November 22, 2012), reports TMZ.com.

Along with the rest of the Sesame Street cast, Elmo sang 'What I Am', which includes particularly apt lyrics given the goings-on of the past couple of weeks. Elmo sang, "I'm gonna keep my head up high, keep on reaching high, Never gonna quit, Just keep getting stronger." In his solo part, Elmo belts out, "Nothing's gonna bring us down." Veteran Sesame Street star Kevin Clash resigned from the show this week following new allegations that he had sex with an underage youth. An earlier accuser made similar allegations before recanting them, however, he claimed to have been forced into signing a settlement deal worth over $100,000. A statement said, "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.This is a sad day for Sesame Street."

A lawsuit filed in federal court in New York accuses Clash of persuading Cecil Singleton to meet for sexual encounters when he was just 15-years-old.

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"Nothing's gonna bring us down": Kevin Clash and the Fate of Elmo.


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As more information comes to light in regard to the allegations against Sesame Street puppeteer, it becomes more and more difficult to have faith in the voice behind Elmo, Kevin Clash

Two men, Sheldon Stephens and now Cecil Singleton, have come forward accusing Clash of having sex with them while they were under age. While Stephen's testimony is decidedly rocky, having recanted his original statement, only to recant his recant a few days later, Singleton is both lucid and eloquent in his description of the relationship he had with Clash. The Daily Mail reports that Clash had "presented himself as the perfect gentleman [to Singleton]." Singleton said, "He told me how beautiful I was...After dinner, we talked and talked... He asked me if I might come to his apartment so he could give me a proper good-night kiss. He gave me the most passionate kiss I ever had experienced." 

Their relationship lasted an intense two weeks, but they did not have a 'full sexual relationship' while Singleton was under age. However, he says: "If I had to make an educated guess and say if we had stayed together we more than likely would have had sex at that age".

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Elmo Set To Feature On Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Despite Losing His Voice


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Kevin Clash resigning as the voice of Elmo after 28 years on Sesame Street hasn't stunted the puppet's ability to appear publically, as it has been confirmed that the little red fella will appear on Macy's Thanksgiving Parade as it moves through Manhatten.

Clash has been accused by two separate people of having sexual relationships with them while they were underage, which has lead to his resignation. The first seems to have been laid to rest, but the second accusation promises a lawsuit, and it all proved too much for Clash, as he stepped down from his 28 year tenure on the show. A rep for Macy's told TMZ, "Elmo will be joining his Muppet friends on the Sesame Street float with an alternate puppeteer bringing him to life." The rep adds, "Current events have no bearing on Sesame's participation in the Parade and we are confident their world-renowned, family-friendly entertainment and educational programming will continue to bring kids and families joy for decades." It would be a shame for the squeaky rouge fur ball to suffer, after all.

Sesame Workshop said of Clash'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."

Who Could Replace Kevin Clash as Elmo on Sesame Street?


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As two people have made allegations against Kevin Clash for sex with under age boys the star Elmo puppeteer has resigned from Sesame Street leaving the fate of Elmo somewhat in the lurch. 

Although Sesame Street have said that Elmo is bigger than this scandal, and will continue to appear in the show, there are still plenty of questions about how that will work with the absence of Clash. 

Marketing consultant Mark Joseph told Fox News, "Kids' properties require extra sensitivity and in order to protect a brand like Elmo, PBS needs to move quickly to find a replacement... There is no margin for error when it comes to kids' properties, and what might be forgiven in other contexts are not in that world."

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