When Kevin Clash settled a lawsuit with the first man who said he had sex with him when he was just 16 years old and later recanted the accusation, we really wanted that to be the last we heard about Elmo’s rumored sex life. Unfortunately, no. Now a second man, now in his 30s, is suing the Sesame Street puppeteer for $5 million, according to TMZ, saying Clash had a sexual relationship with him in 1993, when he was 15. In the wake of this new lawsuit, Clash has turned his hiatus from Sesame Street into a full-on resignation.
“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,” Sesame Workshop told TMZ.
The second man, Cecil Singleton, alleges that Clash met him on a phone sex line nearly 20 years ago and took him out to dinner and gave him money to earn his trust. Singleton says in the suit that he didn’t come forward until now because he was not “aware that he had suffered adverse psychological and emotional effects from Kevin Clash’s sexual acts and conduct until 2012.”
Sheldon Stephens, the first man to accuse Clash of having sex with him when he was 16, told lawers yesterday that he regretted the six-figure settlement because he did not want to recant his statement.
Clash has been the man behind Elmo since the ’80s. He also voiced Baby in the ’90s sitcom Dinosaurs and Splinter in the live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies.
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