The hits keep coming for Kevin Clash, the disgraced former longtime voice behind Sesame Street's iconic "Elmo". Warner Bros. Pictures has reportedly dropped a "planned feature film it was developing with the now-infamous Elmo puppeteer," reports NYMag's Vulture. Clash faces three allegations of underage sex and resigned from Sesame Street last month.
Clash had secretly been at work on a new character for the studio over this past summer and fall. It would have featured in "a ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ kind of movie about a kid and his stuffed animal that takes on a life of its own because of the child’s imagination," according to a development document shared with Vulture. ...
Indeed, had things moved more rapidly with Clash — no script was ever written — Warner Bros. could have wound up with a costly CGI family film that almost surely would have tanked and, what’s more, would likely have tarnished the careers of those involved. ... It’s unclear if Clash plans to take his project elsewhere, or even if he still has entrée into Hollywood: William Morris Endeavor did not return calls seeking to confirm whether or not Clash is still represented by the agency.
Clash is facing two federal lawsuits from men who say that clash preyed on them when they were underage. Clash apparently has settled a third action.
The most recent case was filed on November 26. Clash was accused of having sex with a 16-year-old in 2000. The 52-year-old Clash was about 40-years-old at the time. That plaintiff claims Clash used alcohol to "groom" him into "digital penetration".
Clash's November 20 resignation from Sesame Street was in response to a second accuser who also filed a federal lawsuit in New York City. Cecil Singleton alleges that he was only 15-years-old when Clash began their sexual relationship almost a decade ago.
Clash was first accused about three weeks ago by 24-year-old Sheldon Stephens, who claimed that he was only 16-years-old when the sexual relationship began. Stephens recanted his allegations and then announced that the claims were indeed true and he was pressured into a financial settlement. Stephens has told his "lawyers he will gladly forfeit the $125,000 to restore his name," reports TMZ.
Clash was an executive producer at Sesame Street and worked on the popular children's television series since 1981. Clash had been Elmo's voice and puppeteer since at least 1984. He won 23 daytime Emmy awards and one prime-time Emmy.
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