Elmo puppeteer resigns amid new sex claims
November 21 , 2012
Kevin Clash, the puppeteer behind Sesame Street character Elmo, has resigned following fresh allegations that he had sex with an underage boy.
In a lawsuit filed on Tuesday, Cecil Singleton is seeking $5 million in damages from Clash.
Singleton claims he met the then-32-year-old puppeteer in 1993 in a gay chat room when he was 15.
The news comes just a week after another man recanted his claims that Clash had a sexual relationship with him when he was 16 years old.
The unnamed 23-year-old man withdrew his claims after saying the relationship was consensual.
Clash, 52, has denied the latest allegations but acknowledged a past relationship with his first accuser.
Clash said he was leaving Sesame Workshop, the company behind the popular show, after nearly 30 years with a very heavy heart.
"I have loved every day of my 28 years working for this exceptional organization. Personal matters have diverted attention away from the important work Sesame Street is doing and I cannot allow it to go on any longer," he said in a statement.