Kevin Clash resigns as voice of Elmo after second accuser comes forward
A second accuser has stepped forward to claim that he and "Sesame Street" voice actor Kevin Clash had unlawful sex when the man was only 15. This new allegation has spurred Clash to resign from his role as Elmo.
Following Sheldon Stephens' claim that he actually didn't lie about having sex with Clash when he was still underage, a new man by the name of Cecil Singleton has sued Clash for having sex with him when he was 15-years-old. This was enough for Clash and Sesame Workshop to determine Clash needed to leave his longstanding position at "Sesame Street," which he's worked at since 1982.
"Sesame Workshop's mission is to harness the educational power of media to help all children the world over reach their highest potential," Sesame Workshop says in a statement. "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."
The statement continues, "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."
Clash has not yet released his own statement. Elmo will now be played by understudies trained by Clash.