Yesterday we shared the very disturbing news that Kevin Clash, the Emmy Award-winning voice of Sesame Street‘s Elmo character, was being accused of having sex with an underage boy. As we reported, the boy is now 23 and claims that the sexual relationship began when he was 16. Clash maintains that, while he did have a relationship with the boy, there was no sexual contact until the young man was over 18. We’d also learned that Clash had been disciplined for using his work e-mail to have conversations with this young man, and now some of the content of those e-mails is being revealed. Click inside to learn more.
TMZ has the story:
Kevin Clash – the man who voices Elmo – had an email exchange with his accuser in 2010 in which he apologized for constantly talking about sex … and promised to make all of his “dreams come true” … TMZ has learned.
We broke the story … Clash was disciplined by Sesame for sending a personal email from his Sesame Street email account. The email was sent to a man who now claims he had a sexual relationship with Clash when he was 16 and Clash was 45.
In the email — sent well after the accuser turned 18 — Clash writes, “I’m sorry that I keep talking about sex with you, its driving me insane.”
He adds, “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.”
Clash continued, “I’ll have my assistant book a ticket for you to come to NY and we can talk about this in person.”
As we previously reported, Clash has acknowledged having a sexual relationship with the accuser but insists it only took place AFTER the accuser was an adult.
Clash has since taken a leave of absence from Sesame Street and says he will focus on fighting the allegations.
Again, I don’t know what to make of all this, other than Ugh. A lot of you weighed in on the conversation yesterday and PITNBR Silly made a great point, wanting to know why “sesame street officials” and lawyers were involved and not the police. I’m starting to think that maybe, at this point, there is no evidence that points to a sexual relationship between Clash and his accuser before the accuser was 18. These e-mails were reportedly sent in 2010, when the young man would have been 21. So, perhaps his lawyers are still attempting to build that case.
What do you guys think of the accusations, now that we have a bit more context? I’m no expert, but when I read Clash‘s words it doesn’t sound like he’s already had sex with this young man. Instead, it sounds like he’s still wooing him (promising him the world, being sexual, then apologizing for being sexual). However, we don’t know what might have been left out of the e-mails for legal purposes, or what’s missing from the greater conversation. And either way, this whole movement is still creeping me out.