After a second sex allegation from under-aged youth, Cecil Singleton, Kevin Clash, the voice of Elmo (or as I like to call him, Scum-O), has resigned from Sesame Street.
Cecil Singleton claims that when he was 15-years-old Clash persuaded him to meet for sexual encounters in 2003. "Since I found out that there were other people or victims in a similar circumstance, I felt very guilty. I felt really guilty because regardless of my maturity or my experience at 15, they were likely not the experiences of any normal 15-year-old."
Sesame Workshop said: "Sesame Workshop's mission is to harness the educational power of media to help all children the world over reach their highest potential. Kevin Clash has helped us achieve that mission for 28 years, and none of us, especially Kevin, want anything to divert our attention from our focus on serving as a leading educational organization. Unfortunately, the controversy surrounding Kevin's personal life has become a distraction that none of us wants, 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."
You know what is really sad Sesame Workshop? The fact that you kept Clash around for this long despite knowledge of his awkward and improper relationships with teens who met him through the show. Clash was taking advantage of his "Elmo" fame and dating young and confused gay men and boys. They should have fired him years ago. Sesame Workshop enabled him.
Clash admitted to having a relationship with a 18-year-old young man. The teen said he was 16-years-old when they began their relationship. Clash pathetically tried unconvincingly to fight the lawsuit by telling TMZ he started dating the boy when he was 18.
I hate to say this but I believe Clash to be guilty. It only took two allegations for Clash to step down? In my long career of reporting celebrity news, 99 percent of the time when someone steps down after numerous allegations it is a sign of guilt. If he were innocent, he would fight this all the way to the Sesame Street graveyard. All his resignation proves is that he is a 'Sesame Street' opportunist who used his fame to bed young and confused gay boys.
I am willing to bet this will not be the last allegation flung at Clash.