Nov 23 2012, 9:09pm CST | by Mark Raby
Kevin Clash, the man who has been delighting children for years as the voice of Elmo, has stepped down from his highly prestigious role on Sesame Street, after a second man cam forward with claims that Clash assaulted him when he was a minor.
24-year-old Cecil Singleton claims that Clash entered into a sexual relationship with him when he was only 15-years-old. Singleton has filed a lawsuit seeking $5 million in damages. Because this is now a court matter, there are some precise details about exactly what transpired. According to the claim, Singleton was on a phone sex line when he was connected with Clash.
Even though Singleton may have been actively looking for a sexual relationship, because he was underage, the allegations would make Clash's behavior illegal. No criminal charges have been filed, however.
In a statement, Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit company that produces Sesame Street, 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 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."
It is not clearly known whether the "resignation" was Clash's decision or if he was pressured into it. It is also unknown whether he received any sort of severance package. Those details are all remaining confidential.
Via USA Today
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