Voice of Elmo accused of sex with child; Sesame Street issues statement

It is being reported this morning that Kevin Clash, the voice of “Sesame Street’s” Elmo, is taking a leave of absence due to allegations that he had a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old boy.

Elmo on Sesame Street a pedophile? dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2… Your tax money at work Always bewar of people who work with kids

— donsurber (@donsurber) November 12, 2012

More from The Daily Mail:

Kevin Clash, 52, has taken a leave of absence from the popular children’s show after the programme’s lawyers were contacted by a 23-year-old man who claims he had a sexual relationship with the puppeteer seven years ago, when he was aged 16.

TMZ, who reported the allegations, said that Mr Clash had admitted he had a relationship with the man, but only after the accuser was an adult and said the accusations were both false and defamatory.

The accuser met with “Sesame Street” lawyers and reportedly felt like he was being silenced. He is now reportedly being represented by Andreozzi and Associates. That law firm represented one Jerry Sandusky’s victims.

Twitter reacts to the disturbing news.

Perverted Muppets? Yeah, it’s time for #SCOD.

— Nathan Wurtzel (@NathanWurtzel) November 12, 2012

The CIA. Lockheed Martin. Waffle House. Elmo. There’s GOT to be a connection here.

— Ryan W. Mead (@rwmead) November 12, 2012

BBC under fire, Elmo puppeteer on leave during ‘sexual abuse allegations’, keys stolen from Tower of London. What IS going on?

— Stephen Sidlo (@StephenSidlo) November 12, 2012

Wha? Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash takes leave from ‘Sesame Street,’ denies sexual allegations todayentertainment.today.com/_news/2012/11/…

— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) November 12, 2012

U know the world has officially gone to h*ll when Elmo (his puppeteer) is involved in a sexual scandal w/ underage boy. bit.ly/UCYcqZ

— Kathleen McKinley (@KatMcKinley) November 12, 2012

If Elmo is a giant pervert, I won’t be that surprised.

— Amelia(@AmeliaHammy) November 12, 2012

I’m seriously disturbed by this Elmo story. Gives a whole new meaning to “Elmo loooooooves hugs!” Yuk.

— Amanda Chick (@top_chickster) November 12, 2012

I guess any mention of Tickle Me Elmo is in incredibly poor taste now.

— David Garth (@DavidJGarth) November 12, 2012

Uh, yes. Yes it is. If these allegations are true, a 16-year-old child was sexually abused.

Of course, this does remind some of all the Big Bird and Sesame Street nonsense during the presidential campaign.

In the first place, oh my God. In the second–imagine this came out right after first debate! dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2…

— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) November 12, 2012

Big Bird – where are you? RT @drudge_report: SESAME STREET’S Elmo accused of child sex abuse… drudge.tw/Q82St3

— Robert Passarella (@robpas) November 12, 2012

Wish this had broken 2 weeks ago RT @newsbusters: Gay Minor-Sex Scandal on Sesame Street W-Kevin Clash, Voice of Elmo ow.ly/2tagz4

— . (@SooperMexican) November 12, 2012

In the wake of the Elmo sex scandal, I think we need to ask, What did Big Bird know and When did He know it?

— BiasedGirl (@BiasedGirl) November 12, 2012

Did they know about Elmo before the election?

— Liberty Czarina (@LibertyCzarina) November 12, 2012

Some on the Left grossly think people will be happy about these allegations. Because, Romney. And wing nutty haters or something.

Damn they trying to get Elmo locked up that’s crazy… I guess because Romney lost smh but not Elmo though :-(

— YoFuckyoFeelings (@iHeart_emoji) November 12, 2012

(Romney-ites grin in concert.) RT @nbcnews: Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash … denies sexual allegations nbcnews.to/TVBkGs

— Steve Burks (@steveburksmusic) November 12, 2012

Oh, the PBS-Sesame-Street-haters are gonna be all up on this Elmo / Kevin Clash story./le sigh

— JessieNYC (@JessieNYC) November 12, 2012

Yeah, no. No one is pleased by the sexual abuse of a minor. Well, except for vile Roman Polanski defenders, of course.

Sesame Street has issued a statement.

READ: The @sesameworkshop statement regarding Voice of “Elmo” and allegations of sexual misconduct charges sesameworkshop.org/our-blog/2012/…

— Jummy Olabanji (@JummyTV) November 12, 2012

From Sesame Street Workshop:

Sesame Workshop’s Statement Regarding Kevin Clash

In June of this year, Sesame Workshop received a communication from a then 23 year old man who alleged that he had a relationship beginning when he was 16 years old with Kevin Clash, a Sesame Workshop puppeteer who performs as Elmo.

We took the allegation very seriously and took immediate action. We met with the accuser twice and had repeated communications with him. We met with Kevin, who denied the accusation. We also conducted a thorough investigation and found the allegation of underage conduct to be unsubstantiated. Although this was a personal relationship unrelated to the workplace, our investigation did reveal that Kevin exercised poor judgment and violated company policy regarding internet usage and he was disciplined.
Kevin insists that the allegation of underage conduct is false and defamatory and he is taking actions to protect his reputation. We have granted him a leave of absence to do so.

Elmo is bigger than any one person and will continue to be an integral part of Sesame Street to engage, educate and inspire children around the world, as it has for 40 years.

That is horrible @__hussy OMG… RT @feministajones The brother who voices Elmo was molesting teens? Oh dear.

— Teacoa R. Rushton (@_Tekoah) November 12, 2012

If the allegations are true, horrible indeed. Twitchy will monitor this situation and update with any developments.

Update:

OMG, I hope that elmo isn’t a pedophile!Wtf?

— Adrianne Curry (@AdrianneCurry) November 12, 2012

And, trending.

Elmo is trending, of course.

— Lisa Graas (@CatholicLisa) November 12, 2012

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