“Kevin Clash, the Sesame Street puppeteer who voices Elmo, has taken a leave of absence from the show amid allegations he had a sexual relationship with a teenage boy.”[THR]
File this one under “Well, kids, the world is a complicated . . . and creepy place sometimes.” Kevin Clash, the much-heralded and beloved puppeteer who is the voice of Sesame Street‘s mega-sueprstar Elmo, has taken a leave of absence from the show following allegations he had a sexual relationship with a 16 year-old teenage boy, now aged 23.
For the record, it seems at the moment that Clash will emerge unscathed from the scandal as Sesame Street took the trouble to issue a statement asserting that it had “found the allegation of underage conduct to be unsubstantiated” and that Clash has been granted leave by the show so as to begin the process of “taking actions to protect his reputation.”
Clash himself does not deny the relationship, claiming that, “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.”
Check out the full statement by clicking on the link. And stay tuned for all the gay sex Muppet master statutory rape developments right here! Between Mitt Romney wanting to sack Big Bird and now this, Sesame Street just isn’t the neighborhood it once was. Those Muppets are tough and nasty!