Kevin Clash, the voice of Elmo on Sesame Street has taken a leave of absence to fight allegations of having a sexual relationship with a minor. Mr. Clash has stated that he did have a relationship with the young man; however, it was between 2 consenting adults. The accuser has stated he was 16 when the relationship started, Mr. Clash begs to differ.
It's so sad when these types of allegations surface, and even sadder when they are proven to be true. I still haven't gotten over the Sandusky trial, and now our beloved Elmo creator. As it stands, the accuser has not provided any concrete evidence to the allegation. Mr. Clash has denied the allegation, but has stated that he will be fighting to defend his reputation. Officials at Sesame Street conducted a thorough investigation, but were not able to confirm the accusers charges.
Elmo is beloved in my household. Mr. Clash has been the voice of Elmo, Hoots the Owl, and Baby Natasha for the past 20 years. He has been the man behind Elmo in PBS Specials, movies, and has appeared on Sesame Street. Mr. Clash has earned numerous Emmy Awards for his decades of work. His love for puppets began as a child, around the age of 10. He made his first puppet out of the lining of his father's coat. His career was launched on Sesame Street in 1984 after he was invited to participate in the Macy's Day Parade by Muppet designer Kermit Love.
If Mr. Clash is innocent, I hope that he is able to defend his name successfully if not we pray for justice. I'm sure Sesame Street will move forward and hope they will remain unharmed as a result of these allegations. What's your thoughts on these latest allegations? Leave us a comment, we would love to hear from you.
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