Kevin Clash—the disgraced former longtime voice behind Sesame Street's iconic "Elmo"—has a new strategy to dismiss at least two federal lawsuits alleging sexual abuse when they were minors. They waited too long.
Clash [says] too much time has passed since the alleged abuse. Clash has just filed a motion to dismiss the three lawsuits filed against him by Cecil Singleton and two other unidentified men. According to Clash, the statute of limitations on the sexually-motivated crimes he's accused of committing is six years—and the crimes in each instance allegedly occurred more than ten years ago.
Or, in the words of the always-entertaining Son of Baldwin: "I ain't saying I ain't do it, but I AM saying you waited too long to sue me."
Clash is facing at least 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 in November 2012 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.
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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