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Mon Nov 12, 2012, 11:38 PM

Man behind Sesame Street's Elmo takes leave of abscence amid sex scandal

http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20647170,00.html

The puppeteer who performs as the Sesame Street character Elmo has been granted a leave of absence from his job amid allegations he had an improper relationship with a 16-year-old boy.

Kevin Clash denies the allegations first reported by TMZ but says that he had a consensual relationship with a man, who is now 23, that occurred when the accuser was of legal age.

"I am a gay man. I have never been ashamed of this or tried to hide it, but felt it was a personal and private matter," Clash, 52, tells PEOPLE in a statement via his personal rep.

"I had a relationship with the accuser," his statement continues. "It was between two consenting adults and I am deeply saddened that he is trying to characterize it as something other than what it was. I am taking a break from Sesame Workshop to deal with this false and defamatory allegation."


I seriously hope this is just some asshole trying to cash in on Clash's fame, however, Part of me thinks this might actually be true...

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TheMightyFavog Nov 2012 OP
hollysmom Nov 2012 #1
HERVEPA Nov 2012 #2
hollysmom Nov 2012 #3
roguevalley Nov 2012 #4
roguevalley Nov 2012 #6
Agschmid Nov 2012 #5

Response to TheMightyFavog (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 11:39 PM

1. where do you think the idea for tickle me Elmo came from?

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Response to hollysmom (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 11:50 PM

2. So this is funny to you. Schmuck.

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Response to HERVEPA (Reply #2)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 12:34 AM

3. one more rude person blocked.

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Response to hollysmom (Reply #3)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:10 AM

4. I like him. he seems like a nice man. I hope he's right.

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Response to roguevalley (Reply #4)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 09:13 PM

6. UPDATE: The accuser has retracted and said it

was consensual when he was an adult. What a shitty thing to do to a guy that is by all accounts a nice guy.

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Response to HERVEPA (Reply #2)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:11 AM

5. Did we need that? n/t

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