Yesterday we learned that Kevin Clash, the former voice of Elmo, was replaced by a new voice actor at the Easter Egg Roll at the White House over the weekend. Sesame Street swears that the replacement is only temporary since they’ve yet to make a decision on how to move forward with or without Clash. Back in December, he was sued by a 4th man accusing him of illegal impropriety and just month he tried to get all 4 lawsuits against him thrown out of court. Today we learn that a 5th man has come forward to accuse and sue Clash … which means that his legal woes show no sign of going away.
A puppeteer who was the voice of Elmo on “Sesame Street” is being sued for the fifth time, accused of sexually abusing a teenage boy. In a federal lawsuit filed in New York on Tuesday, 25-year-old Kevin Kiadii (kee-EH’-dee) says he was 16 when he met Kevin Clash during an online chat. Kiadii attorney Jeff Herman says Clash sent a limousine to pick up the teen in Brooklyn and take him to his Manhattan apartment for sex. Herman represents four other people who filed similar lawsuits. He acknowledges his clients were compliant but says the 52-year-old puppeteer took advantage of them by playing father to them. Clash resigned from “Sesame Street” in November. He has denied any wrongdoing. His lawyer hasn’t responded to a call for comment on the latest lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages.
Yikes! In all fairness, just because a man stands accused of a crime does not mean he is guilty … but when the accusers start piling up, it doesn’t look very good. I honestly cannot see how Clash will be able to salvage his reputation enough to resume work on such a high profile children’s TV show like Sesame Street after all of these lawsuits run their course. If Clash is convicted even once, I have no doubt that Sesame Street will never work with him again. 5 accusers in all … innocent or not, things just don’t look great for Kevin Clash right now.