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Kevin Clash Resigns From Sesame Street After Second Accuser Comes Forward

After Kevin Clash’s accuser was reportedly paid off to keep quiet about underage s*x allegations, it seemed that the Elmo scandal was over and done with. Now, however, a second accuser has come to the forefront, and the scandal is back on the front page.

Kevin Clash’s initial accuser, wannabe model Sheldon Stephens, initially retracted his allegations, but then he retracted his retraction, telling the good folks at Sesame Street that they could have their $125,000 settlement back if they allowed him to tell his story.

Making matters worse for Clash, a second accuser has come forward to claim that he too had a s*xual relationship with the Elmo voice actor while he was still a minor.

The second man, whose name has not been released, is suing Clash, claiming the two met in 1993 on a gay phone chat line. The accuser, now in his 30s, says he was only 15 when he and Clash met. Clash  was 17 years his senior.

Court documents obtained by TMZ report that Clash  “groomed [him] to gain his trust by, among other things, taking him to nice dinners and giving him money.”

The accuser continues, saying Clash  “trolled gay telephone chat line rooms to meet and have sex with underage boys.”

When asked why he didn’t come forward sooner, the accuser said he only recently became aware of how much he was psychologically damaged by his relationship with Clash.

The second accuser is seeking $5 million dollars in court.

Clash has resigned from Sesame Street. Sesame Street Workshop has released the following statement, which reads in part:

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.


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10 comments

  1. smh. I don't know if its true or not. but regardless, once he paid money he should have expected more loonies to come out the woodwork. this the same *ish michael went through. once you pay one they'll all want some.

  2. sad

  3. These people are looking for a big pay day!

  4. I. RARELY MAKE STATEMENT UNTIL ALL FOUNDATIONS ARE MET…THESE TWO UNDERAGE CHILDEN WERE PYCHOLOGY DAMAGE AT A TENDER AGE AND WHO KNOWS WHAT REALLY HAPPEN TO THEM… BUT UNTIL ALL THE INFO IS IN I CAN'T SAY WHAT CLASH I GUILTY OF….IT LOOKS BAD THAT HE QUIT HIS JOB OF 28 YRS. AND YOU WOULD THINK THAT SESEME STREET WOULD BACK HI UP UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY….THE FIRST ACCUSER WAS PAY OFF BUT THEN OFFER TO GIVE THE MONEY BACK ONL WHEN THE SECOND PARTY SHOW UP….MAKES YOU THINK…DID HE OR DIDN'T HE DO IT…ONE WONDERS… HIS HE INNOCENT OR GUILTY…LUV B.J.

    • I just don't understand a grown man in a position as he was would do such a immoral act. Of shame to his race and to. His famly. Also his career…what a disgusting act for. Brother to be accused of. Lord give us strengh….You don't know what to believe……luv b.j

    • Brenda, in one story, the second accuser was on a gay sex chat line. I'm not sure if you know how what goes on in chat rooms, but I'm sure people go there to meet like-minded people. There would never be a chat room called "men for boys" or "men for young girls". If this accuser was underage, he made preparations to meet with an older person. According to this accuser, he had a long relationship with Kevin Clash and that it did not become "sexual" until he was legal. He cannot come back over 15 years later and say that he was "damaged". If he met with talked and met with one man, what do you believe the chances that he met with other men for sex while he was a "child"? And because this was over a decade ago, what evidence does this accuser have to show that he was taken advantage of?

  5. Plus men lie about there ages, hell I have even lied about mine when I was 16 so I could get what I wanted. The victim here is Kevin.

  6. I don't believe any of it. As a gay man my self I know better. I am 26 and I know for a fact that men play victim when you stop paying them for there dick. I got friends who play this same game because they believe that they are so fine that they should be paid.

  7. I am sick and tired of these so called "victims" who are coming forward only for monetary gain. There are kids who are being abused, or have been abused with no retribution for their suffering. They wait until the statue of limitations is up for formal charges, but use public humility to gain financially. I believe if he did have a relationship with these boys while they were under age he should be charged, and no amount of money should be paid to them.

    • Frances Godschild DeLoach

      I agree… And if it was so devastating, money shouldn't even be an issue… Get help and let Clash pay for their therapy but why make it a monetary thing??? It's messed up when they ruin so many lives for selfish reasons… The second accuser simply stated they want money, which makes me believe even less that they were assaulted in any way… SMH… I'm appalled with the whole situation and embarrassed for the ignorance in my races as well… You want to bring someone down to build yourself up… I hope God makes you pay for everything you put this person through… I'm completely against same sex relationships but I wouldn't use it for personal gain…

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