Talk about a kick right to the childhood!
Kevin Clash, the man who has done the voice of Elmo on Sesame Street for nearly 30 years, is being accused of having an affair with a 16-year-old boy when he was 45! The now 52-year-old Kevin doesn't deny a previous romantic relationship with the unnamed accuser, who is now 23, but says nothing happened until the boy turned 18. "I had a relationship with [the accuser]," Clash said, according to Fox News. "It was between two consenting adults and I am deeply saddened that he is trying to make it into something it was not." Kevin has now taken a leave of absence from the show in the wake of the allegations, according to Huffington Post.
Sesame Workshop, the non-profit organization which produces the show, says the accuser reached out to them during the summer and a full investigation took place. They found Kevin at fault with violating company policy regarding internet usage, but said there was no proof of him having sex with a minor. "We took the allegation very seriously and took immediate action. We met with the accuser twice and had repeated communications with him. We met with Kevin, who denied the accusation," said Sesame Workshop in a statement. "We also conducted a thorough investigation and found the allegation of underage conduct to be unsubstantiated. Although this was a personal relationship unrelated to the workplace, our investigation did reveal that Kevin exercised poor judgment and violated company policy regarding internet usage and he was disciplined."
Even if Kevin waited until the accuser was 18, having an affair with a barely legal boy when you're 47 at the time doesn't sit well with most people, let alone parents of small children who watch the show. Just look at Doug Hutchison and his former child bride Courtney Stodden. We have a feeling his time on the show may soon be coming to a close.
What do you think of the accusations?
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