Sex-Abuse Suits Against Former Sesame Street Puppeteer Kevin Clash Dismissed

ELMOCiting an expired statute of limitations, a federal judge on Monday threw out three lawsuits alleging that former Sesame Street puppeteer Kevin Clash sexually abused underage boys.

Manhattan-based Judge John Koeltl dismissed suits brought by Kevin Kiadii, Cecil Singleton and another unnamed accuser on the grounds that the complaints were filed more than six years after Clash’s alleged interaction with each of the males ended.

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The Los Angeles Times reports that the men claimed they only recently realized the damage resulting from their relationships with Clash; even so, Koeltl wrote in his decision, “they were aware of the defendant’s conduct towards them and could have brought claims.”

Clash left his 28-year position as the voice of Elmo in November, amid allegations of his having had inappropriate and/or illegal sexual relationships with at least one underage male.

Though Clash denied any wrongdoing, Sesame Workshop (the non-profit organization behind the PBS children’s show) released a statement at the time saying that “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.”