Kevin Clash “Voice of Elmo” has allegedly handed Sesame Street his letter of resignation, after a second accuser comes forward and demanding $5 million from Clash.
Just one day after Kevin’s initial accuser, “struggling model” Sheldon Stephens, retracted his recantation and asked to have his $125K settlement undone, a second accuser has stepped into the limelight to claim that he too had a sexual relationship with the voice actor.
The unidentified man is suing Clash in federal court, claiming the two met in 1993 on a gay phone chat line. Now in his 30s, the accuser says he was 15 at the time, and Clash was 17 years his senior. The docs were filed on Tuesday according to attorney Cecil Singleton.
An insider tells Gossip We Love,
“Kevin has been apart of the Sesame Street family since 1984, and has gain fame from being the voice of Child Puppet star “Elmo.”
We’re sad to see him leave, but Kevin has felt the need to turn over a new page in his life, because his reputation has been tarnish with a sex-scandal by his bitter ex’s.
Mr. Clash wants to get this over with, so being away from the show, he’ll definitely be able to focus on the accusations at hand.”
According to the NY Times, Sesame Workshop has released the following statement about Kevin resigning:
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.
Via: Gawker | NY Times