I’m not even going to try to make this funny because it SUCKS and is, hopefully, completely untrue!
52-year-old Kevin Clash has been ELMO’S puppeteer, and voice, for 20 YEARS. He performs on Sesame Street, as well as, for PBS specials, DVD releases and TV movies. He has earned NINE Daytime Emmy Awards. Currently, he holds the title of Sesame Street’s Senior Puppet Coordinator and Muppet Captain, while also directing and producing show segments and TV specials.
Kevin has now taken a leave of absence, from Sesame, after the show’s lawyers were contacted by a 23-year-old man who claims he had a SEXUAL relationship with Elmo’s handler seven years ago, when he was 16-years-old. Kevin admits to having a relationship with the man but claims it was only after he was an ADULT. “I had a relationship with [the accuser]. It was between two consenting adults and I am deeply saddened that he is trying to make it into something it was not.”
The accuser hired a lawyer after he claims he was being “silenced” by the show. Sesame lawyers asked for PROOF of the allegations but none was ever received.
I don’t buy this for ONE SECOND Elmo. I’m sure the whole thing will just blow over.
Ooops, poor choice of words.