Kevin Clash has resigned from Sesame Street after another allegation of an inappropriate relationship with a minor was made against him.
TMZ reported yesterday (November 20, 2012) that Cecil Singleton, 24, has claimed that he met Clash on a gay phone chat in 1993 (this was later altered to 2003, which Cecil blames on a typo), when he was just 15 and Clash was 32.
Clash has already been on the receiving end of a similar allegation of an inappropriate relationship with a minor, from Sheldon Stephens. Clash reportedly signed a $125,000 settlement with Stephens to make that matter go away but it seems that the latest allegation was a little more than the Sesame Street producers were prepared to put up with. Sesame Workshop reportedly said “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.”
The Philadelphia Enquirer also reported on the story, subtly questioning Singleton’s integrity, by suggesting that he had been “a little too ready for our tastes to talk with TMZ about his alleged traumatic plight.”