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.”

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  1. sara says:

    Considering the attitudes towards sexual abuse, it’s not very surprising.

    • Mark says:

      What Clash allegedly did is all kinds of gross, but sexual abuse is a reach. These were teen boys that most of the free world (including Clash’s home state) considers within the age of consent.

        • Mark says:


          Pedophilia is the attraction to children before puberty. Even Clash isn’t a pedophile, he’d be an Ephebophile. I`m not saying it`s not wrong, but it certainly doesn`t occupy the same area as rape or sexual assault.

          • Steven says:

            Perv apologist / symp.

          • Britta Unfiltered says:

            You’re wrong, and you certainly can’t know what the boys were feeling or going through at the time the abuse happened. If they were willing to face him and accuse him as their attacker, then anything that happened between them and Clash could not have been invited or consensual.

  2. Chablis says:

    Agree. What’s the stature how many years ?

  3. ES says:

    And these guys never went to the police from anything I’ve read, they all just got lawyers to sue. It is hard not to see that they are looking for money.

  4. mia says:

    I don’t think there should be a statute of limitations on sexual assault. Its ridiculous.

    • ben says:

      I am not American, and honestly not sure of your law. But surely (I would hope) your criminal law doesn’t have a statute of limitations for sexual abuse? Which I completely agree with you there absolutely shouldn’t be. It isn’t clear in this article, but was it a civil suit, not a criminal one?

      • Midori says:

        Oh it does! It’s why priest got away with it. The only crimes that have no stature are murder and kidnapping.

        Why rape and child abuse doesn’t puzzles everyone.

    • dee123 says:

      Sadly there has to be. Witnesses memories can’t last forever and it also stops people who may be using it as a blackmailing tactic.

  5. ajintexas says:

    If it was a priest the liberal would burn down the world for a conviction. Since it’s a homosexual liberal we’ll just sweep that under the rug andf figure out a way to drop the charges. Sleazy.

  6. dddddd says:

    This is like the Michael Jackson case all over again…

  7. John Berggren says:

    It is disappointing that this was thrown out on a technicality. If he is innocent, he will forever be perceived as guilty in the eyes of many. I am not personally acquainted with enough indisputable facts in his case, so I cannot speculate on innocence or guilt.

  8. Guys who consented and now think they can make some money. Sad that all it takes is the accusation to ruin someone.

  9. Britta Unfiltered says:

    It makes me sick we have a statute of limitations law on sex crimes. It takes people a long time to get the courage to confront their attacker. Sometimes it takes people a long time to admit to others and even themselves that sex abuse happened to them. There’s a lot of shame connected with sex crimes, and many people in the country still have attitudes of blaming the victim when it happens, which scares victims off of reporting these crimes when they occur. I once had a roommate who got attacked in a parking lot, and she called the police. The police then told her she gave her attacker easy access by wearing immodest clothes. She was done pursuing charges against her attacker after that happened. She didn’t want to go through having others judge her like that.