Ugh, just when you thought the sex scandal that has engulfed Kevin Clash, the man who provides the voice of Elmo on Sesame Street, has come to an end we learn today that A SECOND accuser has come out with allegations that Clash engaged in sex acts with an underage boy. As you may recall we first learned that Clash was accused of having a sexual relationship with an underage boy named Sheldon Stevens and after a week or so of back and forth, that matter was settled with a financial payment (tho, Stevens is now trying to undo that settlement). Today TMZ is reporting that Clash is being accused by another person who claims that he engaged in inappropriate sex acts with an underage boy that originated on a phone sex chat line. Damn. Here we go again. UPDATE: Clash has now resigned as the voice of Elmo on Sesame Street.
Kevin Clash — known as the voice of Elmo — is facing NEW allegations that he had a sexual relationship with a SECOND underage boy … TMZ has learned. The man — who is now in his 30s — has filed a lawsuit against Clash … claiming the two met on a gay phone chat line back in 1993 … when the accuser was 15 years old and Clash was 32. The accuser claims, “[Clash] trolled gay telephone chat line rooms to meet and have sex with underage boys.” In the lawsuit, filed in federal court in NYC, the accuser claims Clash “groomed [the accuser] to gain his trust by, among other things, taking him to nice dinners and giving him money.” The accuser claims while Clash was featured on “Sesame Street,” he was “preying on teenage boys to satisfy his depraved sexual interests.” In the suit, the accuser claims … although the sex occurred nearly 20 years ago, he didn’t take action until now because … he “did not become aware that he had suffered adverse psychological and emotional effects from Kevin Clash’s sexual acts and conduct until 2012.” The accuser is demanding more than $5 million. We broke the story, Clash struck a settlement with a previous accuser who initially claimed he had a sexual relationship with Kevin beginning when he was 16 years old. As part of the settlement, the accuser issued a statement recanting his claims.
Ugh. This story just gets grosser and grosser. At this point, we don’t know for sure if Clash really did prey on these young boys or if these adult men are now taking advantage of his fame in an attempt to make some money. To be clear, I am always on the side of the accuser because I believe it is extremely difficult for a victim to come forward with this kind of abuse … but, sadly, we do live in an age where it is easy to launch these kinds of career destroying allegations in an attempt to score a big pay day. It’s possible that this second accuser, who may have had some kind of relationship with Clash in the past (one that could’ve been very innocent), is using the controversy generated by the first accuser to enjoy a financial settlement of his own. Again, we don’t know. My guess is that there will be another financial settlement in Kevin Clash‘s future … and I fear his career as the voice of Elmo will be destroyed forever.
UPDATE: Welp, the inevitable has occurred … Kevin Clash as resigned as the voice of Elmo from Sesame Street:
Kevin Clash, the voice of Elmo, has resigned from Sesame Street … in the immediate wake of a new lawsuit accusing him of having sex with an underage boy — the second such allegation in 2 weeks … Sesame Workshop says, “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.”
Yep, this had to happen. Honestly, I doubted that Clash would be able to continue as the voice of Elmo after he weathered the the first scandal but this second one? Yeah, he is done. This whole story is so gross, for numerous reasons. Someone, please, make it stop :(