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November 22, 2012
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ELMO PUPPETEER KEVIN CLASH RESIGNS AFTER A SECOND ACCUSER COMES OUT KEVIN CLASH, the man, and the voice, behind "Sesame Street's" Elmo resigned yesterday, as yet another man came forward and claimed he had an innapropriate relationship with Kevin when he was underage. A 24-year-old man named Cecil Singleton is suing Clash for $5 million claiming the two of them engaged in, quote, "sexual activity" when Singleton was 15. In his lawsuit he said that he, quote, "did not become aware that he had suffered adverse psychological and emotional effects from Kevin Clash’s sexual acts and conduct until 2012." The lawsuit calls Clash, quote, "an unmarried adult male living a prominent public life centered around the entertainment of toddlers, while at the same time he was, in secret, preying on teenage boys." (Meanwhile in pot and kettle news. . . Penn State had to take a photo off its Flickr page of Elmo receiving a Penn State t-shirt during an event in March. ) Clash released a statement yesterday saying quote, "Personal matters have diverted attention away from the important work Sesame Street is doing and I cannot allow it to go on any longer...I am deeply sorry to be leaving and am looking forward to resolving these personal matters privately." Sesame Workshop added, quote, "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'."

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