Elmo’s Puppeteer Accused (Again) Of Preying On Teenage Boys

From The Daily News:

Puppeteer Kevin Clash, the longtime voice of “Elmo,” resigned Tuesday after a $5 million lawsuit labeled him a pedophile who trolled telephone chat rooms in a hunt for underage lovers.

The lawsuit was the second time this month Clash was hit with allegations of a sexual relationship with an underage teenage boy.

The new suit, filed by Cecil Singleton, claims he was just 15 when the award-winning voice of the beloved kids’ character seduced him.

…Clash, 52, “was an unmarried adult male living a prominent public life centered around the entertainment of toddlers, while at the same time he was, in secret, preying on teenage boys to satisfy his depraved sexual interests,” charged the Manhattan Federal Court lawsuit.

Entertaining children was more than just a job for Clash, it was apparently a way of life, and there’s definitely something wrong with that…

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  • http://jonfun.me/ Jonfun

    It’s just disheartening when a person has brought so much love, passion, & charisma to a character for it to end this way. Apparently he was making some bad life choices on the side but I’m not going to criticize the poor guy. He’ll have enough judgement coming his way.

    • Phenom1250

      Yeah, because you’ll believe anything someone would ALLEGEDLY says.

      • http://jonfun.me/ Jonfun

        I’m not saying he’s guilty, never was. I really hope the allegations are false because he’s done a lot of great work over the years. I’ve been alleged of stuff before too so don’t assume your reply warrants any merit.

  • JWH

    Please keep in mind that right now, these are just allegations.

  • jim_m

    Entertaining children was more than just a job for Clash, it was
    apparently a way of life, and there’s definitely something wrong with
    that…

    While I am no apologist for pedophilia like Chico (see his many defenses of student-teacher relationships with female teachers), I must strongly disagree with statements like this that serve only to criminalize the relationship between adult men and children. There is a difference between sexual abuse and being kind to children. Men are harassed for walking down the sidewalk holding their daughter’s hand.

    Stop making being an adult male evidence of criminal conduct!

    • 914

      I would not have stepped away from My daughter if I had one.

    • herddog505

      jim_mThere is a difference between sexual abuse and being kind to children.

      I absolutely agree. It’s such a damned shame that a man can’t be kind to or playful with children without people looking at him like he’s a pervert.

      O’ course, if he IS a pervert, then I’m not inclined to show much mercy. Indeed, people who abuse children tend to bring out my inner Torquemada.

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