"Nothing's gonna bring us down": Kevin Clash and the Fate of Elmo.
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".
Snippets from emails between Stephens and Clash have also been released which don't help matters for the puppeteer. "I'm sorry that I keep talking about sex with you, it's driving me insane." Clash wrote to Stephens, "I want you to know that I love you and I will never hurt you. I'm here to protect you and make sure your dreams come true... I'll have my assistant book a ticket for you to come to NY and we can talk about this in person."
Clash has resigned from Sesame Street but Hasbro issued a statement saying, "We are confident that Elmo will remain an integral part of Sesame Street." Elmo also appeared, as usual, in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade reports the Examiner. In his solo the puppet sang words that we hope are true and seemingly pointed at the ongoing saga: "Nothing's gonna bring us down."