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Tue Nov 20, 2012, 06:15 PM

IMO, Kevin Clash's accusers look like they're only motivated by money. Not truth or justice or...

...anything like that.

It reeked of that when the story first came out. Now? It's stinking up the block.

Accuser A made an accusation that he and Clash had a sexual relationship when he was underage. Clash denied it, said they only had that sort of relationship when they were adults. In a settlement, Accuser A took $125,000 to drop the suit. Accuser A's lawyers released a public statement clearly stating that Accuser A had only had any kind of relationship with Clash when they were a consenting adult.

Accuser B, shortly after the terms of the settlement became public (stunning coincidence?), also filed a similar suit asking for $5 million dollars. As Accuser B's lawyers put it Accuser B "did not become aware that he had suffered adverse psychological and emotional effects from Kevin Clash's sexual acts and conduct until 2012."

Accuser A, in another astounding coincidence after the $5m figure became known, is now recanting their recanting. And attempting (so they say) to return the money in order to pursue, one might imagine, "a greater portion of Justice" as they say.

I look this over and I see a public figure who was accused of criminal acts- acts which have not been proven in a court of law- and characters making accusations about those criminal acts whose motivation (and possibly complaints) beg credulity.

Or, as my girlfriend and I decided last night, "They looked like money-grubbing dirt bags."

Worst part of this all is both she and I know people who have actually been molested and, in two cases, have been able to face their attacker in a court of law. In both cases the attackers were convicted and did jail time. One of them is still doing jail time and has something like 15 years left on his sentence.

This really doesn't seem to be a case like that. That's my opinion. These people look like they're just coming out of the woordword for money.

That's my opinion and now I lay down on the crimson-stained granite stab of General Discussion for the inevitable excoriation.

PB

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Reply IMO, Kevin Clash's accusers look like they're only motivated by money. Not truth or justice or... (Original post)
Poll_Blind Nov 2012 OP
oberliner Nov 2012 #1
LadyHawkAZ Nov 2012 #2
oberliner Nov 2012 #3
DanM Nov 2013 #6
LaydeeBug Nov 2012 #4
Poll_Blind Nov 2012 #5
DanM Nov 2013 #7

Response to Poll_Blind (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 11:11 PM

1. What happens to Elmo?

Millions (if not billions) of children view this character as, in some respects, a trusted friend.

Will this story have any residual impact on the relationship this character has with so many young people?

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Response to oberliner (Reply #1)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 11:27 PM

2. I'm sure they'll find a replacement voice

Kermit's still around even though Jim Henson is gone.

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Response to LadyHawkAZ (Reply #2)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 11:36 PM

3. I'm sure they will too

I just wonder if the connection between the man and the character is something that registers at all for kids. Especially since he has appeared with Elmo in various contexts and appearances.

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Response to oberliner (Reply #3)

Wed Nov 6, 2013, 08:25 AM

6. +1 n/t

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Response to LadyHawkAZ (Reply #2)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 11:41 PM

4. I am pretty sure Kevin Clash owns Elmo. nt

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Response to LaydeeBug (Reply #4)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 12:09 AM

5. I actually kind of thought that too, but apparently not:

Man behind Elmo denies allegations of underage relationship
The New York Times reports that the president and chief executive of Sesame Workshop H. Melvin Ming has emphasised that the company owns Elmo and that understudies will take over his duties for the time being.


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Response to LaydeeBug (Reply #4)

Mon Nov 18, 2013, 09:43 PM

7. Could you clarify?

Before I respond fully?

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