Ex-Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash receives Daytime Emmy nominationAdd to Favorites | Sesame Street
All accusers were male and their stories were similar to that of the fourth accuser, identified only as John Doe, who claims he and Clash met in Miami Beach in the mid-1990s, when the accuser was 16 and Clash was in his mid-30s.
The filing released by Doe's attorney claimed Clash invited him to New York, where Clash would be "a dad" to him and give him cash and a free place to stay. Doe alleges the two of them had sex multiple times.
At the time, Clash's attorney Michael Berger said in a statement, "The lawsuit is without merit and we will vigorously defend the case and Mr. Clash's reputation."
He has since been accused by a fifth person, though one of the previous four accusers has dropped his claim. That accuser stands by his story, but says he wants to focus on his career and not a lawsuit right now.
Clash said in a statement at the time of his resignation, "Personal matters have diverted attention away from the important work 'Sesame Street' is doing and I cannot allow it to go on any longer. I am deeply sorry to be leaving and am looking forward to resolving these personal matters privately."
"Sesame Street" also released a statement, which read: "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.'"
Clash won Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series for his work as Elmo in 1990 and 2005. Wednesday morning (May 1), he was nominated for the same award for his work in 2012.