Elmo voice Kevin Clash is in hot water for the second time in as many weeks, and he's resigned from Sesame Street amidst the controversy.
The latest fracas has arisen over accusations from a second young man who accuses Clash of having sex with him when he was 15 years old and Clash was 32.
Cecil Singleton, now 24 years old, has filed a lawsuit in New York City's federal court for more than $5 million, TMZ reports. The lawsuit alleges that Clash "trolled gay telephone chat lines to meet and have sex with underage boys."
Apparently, Clash and Singleton met on such a gay phone chat line in 2003, and began a relationship, TMZ reports.
The suit alleges that Clash "groomed [Singleton] to gain his trust by, among other things, taking him to nice dinners and giving him money."
Singleton also claims in his suit that the reason he's waited almost 10 years to accuse Clash is that he "did not become aware that he had suffered adverse psychological and emotional effects from Kevin Clash's sexual acts and conduct until 2012."
This is only the latest in Clash's troubles. Last week, another 24-year-old accused Clash of having an affair with him when he was a minor.
That man recanted his accusations… after Clash agreed to pay $125,000. However, TMZ reported that "he continues to insist Clash had sex with him when he was a minor and was pressured into signing the settlement."
Seems kinda stinky, and even more so with these new accusations.
Clash resigned from Sesame Street this morning. A statement released by Sesame Workshop says: "Unfortunately, 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."
And for gay chat phone lines, too.
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