Clash is looking to get back to normal life now that the sexual abuse cases brought against him have been dismissed by a federal judge
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.
Clash 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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A judge has dismissed three lawsuits accusing Sesame Street's Kevin Clash of sexual abuse. The Judge ruled the Statute of Limitations had run out on their claims. Clash left Sesame Street, after 30 years, in November 2012 as a result of these allegations.
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.
'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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The Elmo voice-actor has had all charges of sexual molestation dropped by a judge in federal court
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.
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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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."
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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