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    Default Voice of Elmo denies sex w/underage boy takes leave of absence from Sesame Street

    Eek!



    Voice of Elmo
    Denies Sex w/ Underage Boy
    Takes Leave of Absence from Sesame Street


    EXCLUSIVE
    Kevin Clash -- the man known as the voice of Elmo -- has taken a leave of absence from Sesame Street in the wake of allegations he had a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old boy, TMZ has learned ... allegations Clash adamantly denies.

    We've learned ... Sesame Workshop lawyers recently met with a 23-year-old man who claims he and Clash began a sexual relationship 7 years ago ... when he was 16 and Clash was 45.

    Clash has acknowledged to TMZ he had a relationship with the young man -- but insists it only took place AFTER the accuser was an adult.

    Sesame Workshop honchos tell TMZ ... "In June of this year, Sesame Workshop received a communication from a young man who alleged that he had a relationship with Kevin Clash beginning when he was 16-years-old. This was a personal relationship, unrelated to the workplace. We took the allegation very seriously and took immediate action."

    Sesame Workshop officials acknowledge to TMZ they met with the accuser twice and had a number of other communications with him.

    Sources with direct knowledge of the situation tell TMZ ... after the accuser's initial meeting with Sesame Street, the accuser felt Sesame Workshop's lawyers were trying to muzzle him ... so he lawyered up with Andreozzi and Associates -- the firm that represented one of the victims in the Jerry Sandusky child rape case.

    On August 15, 2012 ... Andreozzi fired off a letter to Sesame, accusing the company of trying to "discredit the victim in order to protect its employee and the image of one of its most valuable characters," adding, "This approach places a greater value on a puppet than the well being of a young man."

    Sesame Workshop officials tell TMZ ... they conducted a thorough investigation and determined the allegation of underage sex was unsubstantiated. They say they never tried to silence the accuser -- rather they asked for evidence supporting his claim, but he never produced it.

    Officials also tell us they're suspicious because the accuser has an email which TMZ obtained -- purportedly sent to him by Clash, acknowledging they had the affair when he was 16. The officials say the accuser never mentioned such an email existed and they believe it's fraudulent.

    But there were other emails between Clash and the accuser, and although they don't suggest there was underage sex, officials tell us they disciplined him for inappropriate use of company email.

    Sesame Workshop honchos tell TMZ ... "Kevin insists that these allegations are false and defamatory and he has taken actions to protect his reputation. We have granted him a leave of absence to do so."

    It is unclear why Clash wanted a leave of absence, since he denies the allegations of underage sex.

    As for Clash, the voice actor tells TMZ, "I had a relationship with [the accuser]. It was between two consenting adults and I am deeply saddened that he is trying to make it into something it was not." Clash calls the accusations false and defamatory.

    Finally Sesame Workshop officials tell TMZ the puppet is alive and well: "Elmo is bigger than any one person and will continue to be an integral part of Sesame Street to engage, educate and inspire children around the world.".
    Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2012/11/12/elmo-k...#ixzz2C1M5TilH

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    Default Re: Voice of Elmo denies sex w/underage boy takes leave of absence from Sesame Street

    Can we not make any jokes about this? For the sake of the alleged victims. OP did not do this, but the situation is tempting to be humorous at the expenses of others.

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    Well, if he was 16 he was too young, but I'm glad at least we seem to be dealing with a case of someone who was in high school as opposed to the really terrible stuff when it's a little kid.

    Bummer to read about, particularly after having seen that documentary about this guy's career. Seems/seemed like a great dude. It's stupid to be with someone you couldn't be completely sure was truly an adult at the time. Plus in his case he was still like 30 years older... just dumb.

    I guess now I know why he didn't stay together with the mother of his child...

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    Agree. Do not make jokes.

    I see charges were dropped against Bernie Fine.

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    And this is why we should always wait for the facts...

    http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/11/13/...n-sex-recants/

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    Can we make jokes now?
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    The damage has been done unfortunately

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    I'm glad it wasn't true.

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    Kevin Clash (Voice of Elmo)
    Pays Accuser 6 Figures ...
    Demanded Public Retraction of Underage Sex Claim


    EXCLUSIVE
    Kevin Clash -- the voice of Elmo -- agreed to pay his accuser $125,000, with one string attached -- that the accuser recant his story that Clash had sex with him when he was a minor ... TMZ has learned.

    TMZ broke the story ... Sheldon Stephens alleged he was only 16 when Clash began a sexual affair with him. Clash has acknowledged an affair, but insists it started when Stephens -- now 23 -- was an adult.

    Multiple sources tell TMZ ... hours before Stephens recanted his underage sex allegation, a settlement was struck between the two parties. Under the terms of the settlement, Clash agreed to pay Stephens 125k. But the settlement then provides the following:

    "Stephens agrees that immediately upon execution of this Agreement, his counsel, Andreozzi & Associates, P.C., shall release the [following] statement ... 'He [Stephens] wants it to be known that his sexual relationship with Mr. Clash was an adult consensual relationship.'"

    The settlement document goes on to say if Stephens is asked by anyone about his relationship with Clash, he must only repeat the statement [above] in the settlement that recants his story.

    We've learned although Stephens signed the document, he continues to insist Clash had sex with him when he was a minor and was pressured into signing the settlement.

    One source privy to the negotiations tells TMZ ... Stephens was crying during final negotiations and repeatedly insisted he didn't want to sign.

    We contacted Clash's lawyer, but he had no comment..
    Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2012/11/17/kevin-...#ixzz2CUqK5nZL

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    Default Re: Voice of Elmo denies sex w/underage boy takes leave of absence from Sesame Street

    Not so fast....

    The man who accused Kevin Clash, the voice of Elmo, of having sex with him while he was underage stands by his story, claims he was pressured into recanting it, and is now interviewing lawyers to help him undo his settlement.

    TMZ broke the story ... Clash and Sheldon Stephens entered into a settlement in which Clash agreed to pay Stephens $125,000, but in return the agreement provides the following:

    "Stephens agrees that immediately upon execution of this Agreement, his counsel, Andreozzi & Associates, P.C., shall release the [following] statement ... 'He [Stephens] wants it to be known that his sexual relationship with Mr. Clash was an adult consensual relationship.'"

    We've learned Stephens has met with lawyers in Los Angeles and told them he was pressured into recanting his allegation and insists he's telling the truth when he says he had sex with Clash when he was 16.

    Stephens -- who is now 23 -- is telling lawyers he will gladly forfeit the $125,000 to restore his name. Stephens is saying he was literally crying during the final negotiations and repeatedly said he didn't want to sign.

    Clash's lawyer told us Friday he would have no comment on the settlement story.



    Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2012/11/19/voice-...#ixzz2ChflUWe0

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    It got worse. A second accuser came forward with similar allegations, and Clash has resigned from Sesame Street. So sad. Straight or gay, why someone that age can't 'settle' for, say, a 19 year old rather than getting involved with high schoolers is beyond me. Just dumb.

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    Because the young are the ones who want a "Tickle Me Elmo"?
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    Every time I open this thread, Elmo's creepy laugh echoes through my head.

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    Voice of Elmo
    Sued by 4th Accuser



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    Kevin Clash has been sued by a 4TH accuser ... who claims he also had a sexual relationship with the former voice of Elmo while he was a minor ... TMZ has learned.

    We've learned ... the accuser, who filed the lawsuit in federal court in NY under the name John Doe, claims he first met Clash in Miami Beach in 1995 or 1996 ... while Doe was 16 or 17 and Clash was in his mid '30s.

    Doe claims ... Clash eventually flew him out to NYC and gave him money and a place to stay. During the trip, Doe claims the two had sex on multiple occasions.

    According to the lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, Doe claims he's suffered tremendous emotional, mental and psychological damage as a result of the relationship.

    TMZ spoke to Doe's attorney, Jeff Herman, who tells us, "According to our lawsuit, Kevin Clash knowingly paid to transport a minor across state lines for the purpose of satisfying his sexual interests."

    Of Clash's 4 accusers, only 3 have filed lawsuits. The first accuser struck a settlement with Clash and agreed not to pursue litigation.

    We reached out to Clash for comment -- no word back..
    Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2012/12/10/voice-...#ixzz2EfAOadNN

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