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Tue Nov 13, 2012, 06:54 PM

'Elmo' Accuser Recants Allegations of Underage Sex With Kevin Clash

Source: ABC News

The 23-year-old man who accused Kevin Clash, the man who has been the voice of Elmo on "Sesame Street" for nearly three decades, of having had a sexual relationship with him when he was a minor recanted the allegation today.

"He wants it to be known that his sexual relationship with Mr. Clash was an adult consensual relationship," according to a statement issued by the unidentified man's representative, Andreozzi & Associates. "He will have no further comment on the matter."

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/US/elmo-accuser-recants-allegations-underage-sex-kevin-clash/story?id=17710758



I can't figure why the guy made the accusations in the first place.

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Reply 'Elmo' Accuser Recants Allegations of Underage Sex With Kevin Clash (Original post)
Archae Nov 2012 OP
hrmjustin Nov 2012 #1
Archae Nov 2012 #2
dlwickham Nov 2012 #3
Frank Cannon Nov 2012 #16
southernyankeebelle Nov 2012 #4
liberalmuse Nov 2012 #5
Pachamama Nov 2012 #6
WeekendWarrior Nov 2012 #7
Hestia Nov 2012 #9
cyberpj Nov 2012 #19
truthisfreedom Nov 2012 #8
Hestia Nov 2012 #10
RoxyNexus Nov 2012 #11
Posteritatis Nov 2012 #14
HuckleB Nov 2012 #18
oberliner Nov 2012 #12
McCamy Taylor Nov 2012 #13
BlueStater Nov 2012 #15
roguevalley Nov 2012 #17
David__77 Nov 2012 #20
Tx4obama Nov 2012 #21
ellisonz Nov 2012 #22
dsc Nov 2012 #23
alp227 Nov 2012 #24
Posteritatis Nov 2012 #25
valerief Nov 2012 #26
Monk06 Nov 2012 #27
joshcryer Nov 2012 #28
marble falls Nov 2012 #29

Response to Archae (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 06:55 PM

1. He wanted money or 15 minutes of fame. Maybe both.

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Response to hrmjustin (Reply #1)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 06:57 PM

2. Or the accuser was being pestered by anti-gay groups.

It wouldn't surprise me a bit.

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Response to hrmjustin (Reply #1)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 06:59 PM

3. I'm going with money

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Response to dlwickham (Reply #3)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 08:49 PM

16. When there's money on money...

Bet on money.

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Response to hrmjustin (Reply #1)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 06:59 PM

4. I agree with you.

 

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Response to Archae (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 07:02 PM

5. It's too fucking late now.

The damage has been done.

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Response to Archae (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 07:04 PM

6. $$$$

That, and/or fame, and/or revenge....

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Response to Archae (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 07:08 PM

7. So glad to hear this, although

I didn't doubt that Clash was telling the truth.

To find out more about the man and his work, there's a really terrific documentary about him on Netflix called BEING ELMO: A Puppeteer's Journey


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Response to WeekendWarrior (Reply #7)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 07:15 PM

9. Just so happened to watch that documentary yesterday!

Then I turn on the morning news and there was horrible talk of Kevin Clash!

I am sorry - from the doc, you *know* he wouldn't do anything to tarnish PBS, the Muppets, and especially Elmo. He loved puppets as a child and worked his way up.

I sounds like a spurned/jilted lover tiff to me.

Hugs and Kisses Kevin/Elmo!

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Response to WeekendWarrior (Reply #7)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 09:39 PM

19. Saw 'BEING ELMO' A Puppeteer's Journey - the documentary - earlier this year.

I remember seeing Kevin with his daughter - (and family? - I thought he was married. Yes? No? )

I fell in love with the man.

Back in the day...
I know some gays married, trying not to be gay or else trying to hide it.

I hold no judgement on anyone.

I just had a deep feeling, after watching the doc, that he was no molester!

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Response to Archae (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 07:08 PM

8. Can't un-ring a bell. Expect a ginormous civil suit, dude.

You're an asshole of extraordinary proportions.

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Response to truthisfreedom (Reply #8)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 07:17 PM

10. Only if people won't let it die down. I, for one, will support him

from the slur that has been enacted against him and I hope he goes for this man's/liar's lifetime earning for trying to damage him.

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Response to Archae (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 07:25 PM

11. The British have a loser pays legal system

 

We should follow suit and have the sleaze bag lawyer pay too. Andreozzi & Associates should have done their due diligence before allowing any statement at all.

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Response to RoxyNexus (Reply #11)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 08:02 PM

14. British defamation law would be a pretty bad thing to have in the US, unfortunately. (nt)

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Response to Posteritatis (Reply #14)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 09:33 PM

18. Goodness, but, yes, it would be horrible.

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Response to Archae (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 07:57 PM

12. Six Figure Settlement?

"...the accuser's attorney had been meeting with Clash's attorney as recent as an hour ago, discussing a financial settlement and 6-figures were on the table."

http://www.tmz.com/2012/11/13/sesame-street-kevin-clash-accuser-retraction-recants-sex-allegations/#ixzz2C9cZlCK7

TMZ, so take it as you will.

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Response to Archae (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 08:00 PM

13. It was a blackmail scam.

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Response to Archae (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 08:24 PM

15. I'm sorry Clash had to be "outed" this way.

Instead of coming out on his own terms when he was ready and comfortable, he had to have his sexuality releaved in such a degrading and humiliating matter. Terrible.

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Response to BlueStater (Reply #15)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 09:18 PM

17. all in all, he is a lovely man. I wish him well.

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Response to Archae (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 11:07 PM

20. It sucks that false accusations like that can ruin someone.

My ex is a teacher, and I remember how careful he was never to even be alone with a student because as a gay man he was afraid of false accusations.

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Response to Archae (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 11:37 PM

21. Kick! n/t

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Response to Archae (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 12:11 AM

22. Still...Clash needs to make better decisions.

This individual was still about 20 years younger.

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Response to Archae (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 12:12 AM

23. several things should happen

One, the accusers name should be made public. Two, the accuser should be charged with filing a false police report if he did indeed file a police report. Three, the accuser should be paying a bunch of money to this man whose rep he ruined.

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Response to Archae (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 12:12 AM

24. wonder if the accuser was a Romney supporter tired of Obama campaign exploiting the Big Bird line?

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Response to alp227 (Reply #24)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 12:30 AM

25. *facepalm* (nt)

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Response to Archae (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 12:57 AM

26. He was Rmoney supporter and wanted to taint Sesame Street? nt

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Response to Archae (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 02:13 AM

27. Romney put Sesame St in the news with his threats to cut funding to Public Television. This dude


was smart enough to take advantage of the publicity and go for a shakedown. Unfortunately I don't think Casey will be back. The RW will hound Sesame St because as we know, gay men can't keep their hands off the kids.

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Response to Archae (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 02:50 AM

28. Sometimes jilted lovers do stupid things.

Emotional roller coaster and all.

Sadly for the victims of jilted lovers it can be life altering.

edit: upthread someone posted that the accuser is rumored to be getting a 6 figure settlement, if that's true then it was a payoff... in that case it's hard to know the reality behind the situation.

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Response to Archae (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 08:36 AM

29. He needs a week or two in the can to understand how he messed with Kevin Clash's life.

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