No late passes accepted here. Kevin Clash, famous for voicing the fuzzy red Sesame Street character Elmo, has beat the child molestation cases brought against him because his three accusers delayed filing their suits.
TMZ reports that the legal documents filed in a New York federal court show that the suits issued by accusers Cecil Singleton, Kevin Kiadii and a third unnamed person were rejected by a judge because the statute of limitations to sue expired three years after the accusers turned 18, therefore making the suits null and void.
In 2012, the 52-year-old puppeteer was accused of having sex with an underage boy after one accuser, who was reportedly 23 at press time, cried molestation by Clash when he was 16. However, Clash denied the accusations, saying that they did have relations but only when the accuser was of age.
“I had a relationship with [the accuser]. It was between two consenting adults and I am deeply saddened that he is trying to make it into something it was not,” said Clash.
He then resigned from his post at the beloved children’s show after joining the cast in the mid-80s. However, the Sesame Street Workshop said that Elmo will continue to make an impact on little ones everywhere regardless. “Elmo is bigger than any one person and will continue to be an integral part of Sesame Street to engage, educate and inspire children around the world.”
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