Sesame Workshop: Elmo Actor Kevin Clash Resigns Amid Sex Allegation
November 20, 2012 11:23 AM
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Sesame Workshop says Elmo actor Kevin Clash resigned, calling sex allegations “distraction.”
Last week, Sesame Workshop – which produces “Sesame Street” – announced that Clash was taking a leave of absence from the popular kids’ show following allegations that he had a relationship with a 16-year-old boy, a charge Clash denied.
The accuser, now 23, recanted his claims a day later and said through an attorney that his sexual relationship with Clash was adult and consensual.
However, a lawsuit by a second accuser was filed Tuesday, according to attorney Cecil Singleton.
Sesame Workshop called the controversy surrounding Clash’s personal life “a distraction that none of us want” and that Clash ”has concluded that he can no longer be effective in his job.”
“Sesame Workshop’s mission is to harness the educational power of media to help all children the world over reach their highest potential,” the company said in a statement. ”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.”
Sesame Workshop called Clash’s resignation “a sad day for Sesame Street.”
Clash, 52, has been with “Sesame Street” since 1983. He has voiced and puppeteered Elmo since 1985
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