Kevin Clash Resigns Amid New Allegations
Kevin Clash will not be coming back to Sesame Street as the voice behind Elmo.
TMZ is reporting another person has come forward with allegations of an inappropriate sexual relationship with the puppeteer.
TMZ says the man is now in his 30's, filed a lawsuit against Clash, claiming the two met on a gay phone chat line in 1993. At that time the accuser would have been 15 years old and Clash was 32.
After the first man came forward, Clash stepped aside but when those allegations were recanted and Clash was expected to rejoin Sesame Street.
Officially, Sesame Workshop said the following in a statement:
"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."