Voice Of Elmo, Kevin Clash Escapes Sexual Abuse Charges
Sesame Street puppeteer Kevin Clash is officially a free man following three lawsuits filed against him for sex with underage male teens.
Kevin Clash, the longtime voice of Sesame Street puppet Elmo, has prevailed in court against three lawsuits that claimed he engaged in sex with minors.
Last November, the 52-year-old puppeteer resigned from Sesame Workshop as accusers came forward to make their allegations. But in a ruling on Monday, a judge in New York says that the claims were filed too late.
Clash was sued several times.
Among his accusers was an anonymous John Doe who claimed that Clash paid to fly him from Miami to New York to be sexually abused in the mid-'90s; Cecil Singleton, who says he met Clash on a gay telephone chat line in 2003; and Kevin Kiadii, who says his affair with Clash happened in 2004.
Clash's attorneys moved to have the lawsuits dismissed as outside the statute of limitations under 18 U.S.C. § 2255(b), which provides that a lawsuit has to be filed within six years of the event or three years after a plaintiff turns 21.
Statute of limitations, huh? What do you think, Instincters? Has justice been served?