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Elmo Puppeteer Kevin Clash Faces Third Underage Sex Allegation

Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash, who resigned from Sesame Street before the Thanksgiving holiday after being hit with a second underage sex allegation, now faces a third, the NY Daily News reports:

2_clashThis time puppeteer Kevin Clash is facing a lawsuit accusing him of sexual activity with a 16-year-old in 2000. The accuser, now 29, will be filing a lawsuit in Manhattan Federal Court Tuesday, says the man's attorney Jeff Herman.

He said the lawsuit is being filed as a "John Doe" because the accuser does not want to use his name. Herman said his client started writing a book in 2009 describing his experience with Clash.

The lawyer said he will have pages from that book at a press conference Tuesday to announce the lawsuit. Herman said the accuser is from the South and was in high school when he came to New York 13 years ago for modeling work.

Clash's accuser says they met on a gay chat line.

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  1. @Gregory Brown, re: "Clash is not in the same relative power relationship as a priest, teacher, scout master or other Authority figure would be."

    I hear what you're saying, yet I'm really struggling with this. The fact that Clash is, let's say, twenty to thirty years older than the kid he's meeting...is that a position of power from the point of view of the kid? And did he tell him that he's a big Sesame Street celebrity?

    If we look at something like "Dateline," as trashy as it is, you could basically swap out the teen girls for teen boys and have the same situation that Clash is in., i.e., the kid "invited" the adult over, so it's ok. I don't know. Still struggling with this one. Gay youths are abused and taken advantage of in so many ways, and that includes the ones that think they're all "wised up" enough to handle everything.

    Posted by: jj | Nov 26, 2012 10:11:41 PM


  2. @Gregory Brown, re: "Clash is not in the same relative power relationship as a priest, teacher, scout master or other Authority figure would be."

    I hear what you're saying, yet I'm really struggling with this. The fact that Clash is, let's say, twenty to thirty years older than the kid he's meeting...is that a position of power from the point of view of the kid? And did he tell him that he's a big Sesame Street celebrity?

    If we look at something like "Dateline," as trashy as it is, you could basically swap out the teen girls for teen boys and have the same situation that Clash is in., i.e., the kid "invited" the adult over, so it's ok. I don't know. Still struggling with this one. Gay youths are abused and taken advantage of in so many ways, and that includes the ones that think they're all "wised up" enough to handle everything.

    Posted by: jj | Nov 26, 2012 10:11:44 PM


  3. ....although in the "Dateline" case it's the older one that instigates it.

    and as far as i know they never had "teens" but TWEENS - 13 year old decoys.

    again, just the lil'details.

    look, here's the thing - it aint criminal for a 50 year old to date an 18 year old. but i'll call that B.S. out just the same.

    legal loopholes are odd. think the "logic" of the Three Rules from GREMLINS (go with me on this....) - what if the mogwai eats after midnight while crossing a time zone?

    what makes this girl "different" than yesterday, besides the legality that yesterday she was 17 and today she's 18. does that mean that today she has a profound insight to life that she lacked yesterday, meaning she's TOTES aware of the potentially-lifelong ramifications of shooting a porno video?

    its the same way i felt about "All Ages" nights at clubs. I hate the idea. it shouldb't be ALL AGES - it should anyone up to age 25.

    because anyone over 25 who wants to hang around with a bunch of can't-legally-drink-yet teens is pretty f***ing disgusting.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Nov 26, 2012 10:21:30 PM


  4. Just wanted to add a bit of clarity. The age of consent varies from state to state; in New York it is 17, but in much of the United States it is 16. While I question the wisdom of a much older man dating a teenager, as long as the teen is over the age of consent in the area where the physical activity is taking place, no laws are being broken.

    Sounds to me like these young men are trying to take Clash for as much money as they can get. I'm hoping that he did NOT take advantage of any underage youths; that this will all turn out to be a scam. However, there's no doubt that Clash showed terrible judgment---to a ridiculous degree---when he (as a high-profile performer on a children's television show) became involved with teenagers in the first place.

    Posted by: octobercountry | Nov 26, 2012 10:27:28 PM


  5. First of all, as a few people have said already, this isn't pedophilia. It's ephebophilia. A desire for late adolescents, between 15-19 years old. It's not in the DSM so it's not officially illness, and in several states and countries, having sex with a 16/17 year old isn't illegal. By late adolescence, a teen is more physically and mentally developed, and the "taking advantage of a kid" aspect isn't the same, and in a way isn't there at all (yes, a kid at 16 doesn't really know what they want and are just horny and seeking sex without thinking of the responsibility, but at the end of the day, they're the ones initiating the sex and lying about their ages to get it). Personally, I think it's completely gross, I don't understand the attraction towards older teens or really anyone not 21+, but yeah, those are the facts.

    Now to get back on topic, of course these accusers are using Mr. Clash for money. It's not a surprise, it's very unfortunate, and they're destroying Mr. Clash's life and reputation to get paid. They're not saints at all, and everything that Mr. Clash has been accused of should be taken with a grain of salt. Whenever you see leaches like this coming out of the woodwork seeking fame and cash, it's best to not take their word seriously unless and until they prove their accusations.

    Posted by: Francis | Nov 26, 2012 10:33:52 PM


  6. see also: michael jackson continually putting himself in situations where accusations could potentially occur.

    that said, remember Bo Derek's story? john derek moved her to GERMANY so they could boink free from the american statutory rape laws.

    Hefner "dating" (marrying?) multiple 18 year olds?

    James Woods? Billy Joel? Jerry Seinfeld dating that high school girl (that my teenage mind kept confusing with Monica Lewinsky)?

    R. Kelly, who married Aaliyah when she was 15, and then ...well... there was *that* video of his, to boot.

    it's very interesting the way the public chooses which ones to be angriest about.

    oh, and roman polanski drugged and raped a 13 year old.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Nov 26, 2012 10:50:35 PM


  7. @Paul R: "There's also the issue that a lot of molestation involves strangers, which makes them difficult to sue. And male-on-male molestation is often dismissed."

    There's also the issue that the majority of molestation involves non-strangers, which makes them even more difficult to sue - especially the relatives. Sadly, too many people believe the only sex crimes are males vaginally penetrating females.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Nov 27, 2012 1:53:30 AM


  8. All the bloodsuckers crawl out from under their rocks as they sniff another payday. Gloria Allred, your payday is calling.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Nov 27, 2012 7:40:26 AM


  9. Jamal49 has it. Think it's a coincidence that 3 accusers came out within days of each other? Why not sooner? Why so close? How do they plan to prove it?

    Posted by: Paul R | Nov 27, 2012 12:09:44 PM


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