Kevin Clash, the voice and puppeteer who for 28 years has made Sesame Street’s Elmo come alive for kids, has resigned because “the controversy surrounding [his] personal life has become a distraction,” Sesame Workshop said this morning.
Last week, Clash went on leave after a now-adult man alleged that they had a sexual relationship when the accuser was still a minor. Clash denied they had a relationship when the other man was underage. The accuser later recanted, then reversed himself and said he had been pressured to drop the accusation.
Today, a second accuser filed a suit alleging that he also had a sexual relationship with Clash when he (the accuser) was a minor, his attorney tells The Associated Press. TMZ.com broke the news of the second accusation.
Photo credit: Scott McDermott/Being Elmo