The Guy Who Voices Elmo From ‘Sesame Street’ Accused Of Having A Relationship With 16 Year Old Boy

Posted 1 year ago

By Associated Press

The puppeteer who performs as Elmo on “Sesame Street” says he did have a relationship with a man who says he was 16 at the time the relationship began.

But Kevin Clash says the relationship was between “two consenting adults” — and that he is “deeply saddened” that the accuser is “trying to characterize it as something other than what it was.”

Sex with a person under 17 is a felony in New York if the perpetrator is at least 21. Clash is now 52 years old. The accuser was 23 by the time he made the allegations this past June.

Sesame Workshop says its own investigation found the allegation to be unsubstantiated. But it has suspended Clash, saying he had exercised “poor judgment” and had violated company policy regarding Internet usage.

A person close to the show says other puppeteers are prepared to fill in for Clash during his absence, and thatElmo ”will still be a part of the shows.”

Clash is normally behind the scenes as Elmo’s voice and animator. But he was the subject of a documentary last year. He also serves as the show’s senior Muppet coordinator.


  • BIGREDFAN

    i knew there was something about that ELMO that just didnt look right….at first i thought it was his hair…….but now the truth comes out………..

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  • http://ThePost SOMUCHSTUPIDITY

    when my son was just a baby someone gave him an Elmo doll.. & my cat just hated it he pee’d all over it & i threw it away.. guess the cat knew

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  • Dontknockituntilyoutryit

    I think elmo is into that golden shower thing. Isn’t elmo a cat too?

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  • Melissa J

    The “victim” changed is story the next day this was reported. They had a relationship, but not until he was the age of consent.

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