Fourth man accuses Elmo puppeteer of underage sexual abuse

By Stephen C. Webster
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 9:50 EDT
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Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash. Photo: Screenshot via YouTube.
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Kevin Clash, the longtime puppeteer behind “Sesame Street” character Elmo, was sued on Monday by a fourth man accusing him of underage sexual abuse.

The suit claims that Clash offered to be a father-like figure to a young man age “16 or 17,” ultimately luring the boy to his home in Miami where he sexually assaulted him, according to CBS Miami.

Clash resigned from “Sesame Street” last month, after being accused of underage sexual abuse by two different men. The first accuser recanted his allegations, but then recanted his denial of the original allegations, saying his relationship with Clash was inappropriate and not consensual. A third accuser came forward later in November.

“None of us, especially Kevin, want anything to divert our attention from our focus on serving as a leading educational organization,” Sesame Street Workshop said in November, upon Clash’s departure. “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.”

This video is from CBS Miami, aired Monday, December 10, 2012.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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