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Old 11-12-2012, 10:28 AM  
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Voice of Elmo on leave from Sesame Street after he was accused of having 'sexual relationship with underage boy'
By Jill Reilly
PUBLISHED: 06:51 EST, 12 November 2012

The man who voices the puppet of Elmo on Sesame Street has taken leave amid allegations he had a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old boy.
Kevin Clash, 52, has taken a leave of absence from the popular children's show after the programme's lawyers were contacted by a 23-year-old man who claims he had a sexual relationship with the puppeteer seven years ago, when he was aged 16.

TMZ, who reported the allegations, said that Mr Clash had admitted he had a relationship with the man, but only after the accuser was an adult and said the accusations were both false and defamatory.

'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,' said Mr Clash who joined Sesame Street in the mid-80s,
The website reported that after the accuser's initial meeting with Sesame Street lawyers, he felt that that he was being silenced so he hired a lawyer.
He is now being represented by Andreozzi and Associates - the firm that worked with one of the victims in the Jerry Sandusky child rape case.

In August, the accuser's lawyers wrote a letter to Sesame Street accusing the programme of trying to 'discredit the victim in order to protect its employee and the image of one of its most valuable characters,'

The letter also claimed the show's attitude 'places a greater value on a puppet than the well being of a young man.'

But Sesame Workshop officials told TMZ they found the the allegation of underage sex was unsubstantiated after a thorough investigation.

They claim rather than trying to hush up the accuser, they asked for evidence of his allegations, which was not received.

The website reported they had seen an email supposedly sent to the accuser by Mr Clash, acknowledging they had the affair when he was 16, but officials believe it is fake as they say the accuser never mentioned such an email existed.

Sesame Street disciplined Mr Clash for inappropriate use of company email after they found emails between him and the accuser, but they did not indicate an illegal sexual relationship, according to TMZ.

It is unclear why Mr Clash wanted a leave of absence, since he denies the allegations of underage sex, but the programme told TMZ it was to allow him to defend his reputation in the wake of the damaging allegations.

Mr Clash has been the Elmo puppeteer for two decades, performing on the show as well as for PBS specials, DVD releases and TV movies while earning nine Daytime Emmy Awards.

He eventually assumed the title of Sesame Street's Senior Puppet Coordinator and Muppet Captain, while also directing and producing show segments and TV specials.

Earlier this year he was the feature of 'Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey' a documentary detailing Mr Clash's childhood obsession with puppets to assuming his role on the iconic show.
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Old 11-12-2012, 01:00 PM   #16
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Old 11-12-2012, 01:01 PM   #17
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Old 11-12-2012, 01:09 PM   #18
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Old 11-12-2012, 01:10 PM   #19
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Old 11-14-2012, 12:28 PM   #20
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Sesame Street' accuser recants charge of child abuse


By Gary Levin USA TODAY Tue Nov 13, 2012 3:44 PM

The unidentified man who accused Sesame Street's Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash of sexual abuse has recanted his account, and now says he was an adult at the time of their relationship.

Attorney Andreozzi & Associates, which acknowledged representing the 23-year-old man, said Tuesday, "He wants it to be known that his sexual relationship with Mr. Clash was an adult consensual relationship," and said he would have no further comment. The firm has also represented victims of Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky.

"I am relieved that this painful allegation has been put to rest," Clash said in a statement. "I will not discuss it further."

The man had said he and Clash, 52, initiated a sexual relationship seven years ago, at age 16, initiating a storm of media coverage when TMZ.com reported the story Monday. Clash admitted the relationship but denied the man was a minor. "I am deeply saddened that he is trying to characterize it as something other than what it was," he said in Monday's statement.

Clash took a leave of absence to refute the charges, and Sesame Workshop said understudies would begin voicing the beloved Muppet character in the interim. The company has not yet responded to a request for comment.

http://www.azcentral.com/news/articl...se-recant.html
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Old 11-14-2012, 12:34 PM   #21
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Unfortunately, most people are going to remember the allegations as fact and not hear about the recanting of the allegations.
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Old 11-14-2012, 12:37 PM   #22
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Unfortunately, most people are going to remember the allegations as fact and not hear about the recanting of the allegations.
My thoughts exactly. This story was out yesterday, no retraction here. I hope the original poster just didn't see the retraction although he/she/it seems to live on the intrawebs day and night. Pretty lame not to post the update.

Still not good that Elmos a homo but he isn't a child molester, at least not in this case.
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Old 11-14-2012, 12:51 PM   #23
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I wish people like this could be prosecuted somehow.

This kid/guy just ruined the man's reputation.
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Old 11-14-2012, 12:53 PM   #24
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This kid(young adult now) should face some sort of retribution.
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Old 11-14-2012, 12:54 PM   #25
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I wish people like this could be prosecuted somehow.

This kid/guy just ruined the man's reputation.
X10
Same with those who knowingly falsely accuse a man of rape. the penalty for that needs to be much more severe.
I'm thinking scarlet letter type shit.
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Old 11-14-2012, 01:08 PM   #26
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I wish people like this could be prosecuted somehow.

This kid/guy just ruined the man's reputation.
Defamation law suit?

Is it libel as well since it was released in a written statement?
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Defamation law suit?

Is it libel as well since it was released in a written statement?
I thought about that, but since he retracted his statement I don't think that will work. However, the damage is done and no amount of money can get Mr. Clash's reputation back, especially considering the line of business he works in.
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Defamation law suit?

Is it libel as well since it was released in a written statement?
There needs to be criminal punishment for this type of act, when it is done willfully and knowingly.
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I wish people like this could be prosecuted somehow.

This kid/guy just ruined the man's reputation.

Agreed.
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