Kevin Clash, Voice Of Elmo, Has Sexual Abuse Of Minors Charges Thrown Out
A U.S. Court of Appeals has filed a ruling in agreement with a New York court's previous decision that three lawsuits from individuals accusing Sesame Street's Kevin Clash of sex with minors were outside the statute of limitations.
The New York court dismissed the lawsuits in July 2013.
But the U.S. Court of Appeals this month threw out three cases, agreeing with a New York judge's July decision to dismiss the lawsuits.
"The case was dismissed because of the statute of limitations. There is no ruling on the merits," the plaintiffs' attorney Jeff Herman – who now also represents the man accusing Hollywood director Bryan Singer of abuse – tells PEOPLE. "The case against Clash on behalf of Sheldon Stephens is pending."
Stephens is Clash's first accuser, who continues to pursue legal action. Stephens, 25, claimed Clash sexually abused him at age 16, but recanted soon after coming forward, admitting the relationship was consensual. The other alleged victims then made public accusations, and months later, Stephens filed suit in Pennsylvania against Clash.
What do you think, Instincters? Is Clash's name cleared? Or did he catch a break based on the statute of limitations?