Kevin Clash Resigns From Sesame Street Amid Underage Sex Allegations From Second Boy

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Kevin Clash, the embattled voice of Sesame Street's beloved Elmo, is now facing new allegations that he had a sexual relationship with a second underage boy.

As a result, he has resigned from the PBS show he has been a part of for decades.

Voice of Elmo

In a statement released Tuesday, Sesame Workshop said:

"Sesame Workshop’s mission is to harness the educational power of media to help all children the world over reach their highest potential."

"Kevin Clash has helped us achieve that mission for 28 years, and none of us, especially Kevin, want anything to divert our attention from our focus on serving as a leading educational organization."

"Unfortunately, the controversy surrounding Kevin’s personal life has become a distraction that none of us want, and he has concluded that he can no longer be effective."

"[He has] resigned from Sesame Street. This is a sad day for Sesame Street."

The accuser, who's now in his 30s, filed a lawsuit against Clash, claiming the two met on a gay phone chat in 1993, when the accuser was 15 and Clash was 32.

He says Clash "trolled gay telephone chat line rooms to meet and have sex with underage boys."

In the lawsuit, filed in federal court in NYC, he says Clash "groomed [the accuser] to gain his trust by, among other things, taking him to nice dinners and giving him money."

Kevin Clash, now 52, allegedly "preyed on teenage boys to satisfy depraved sexual interests."

Although the sex occurred nearly 20 years ago, the accuser did not take action until today.

Why? Because "did not become aware that he had suffered adverse psychological and emotional effects from Kevin Clash's sexual acts and conduct until 2012."

One can't help but think Sheldon Stephens' similar accusations against Clash - which he recanted in a settlement he wants to undo - played a role too.

In any case, the second, currently unnamed accuser is demanding more than $5 million.

Clash has left the broadcast, effective immediately.

[Photo: WENN.com]

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wrong is wrong why tell now. this should had came out years ago

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I hate this. That is why you should find someone around your age. Something Kevin Clash is probably learning now.

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Seriously?Elmo is a pervert?I'll never tickle that puppet again.

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im not saying it didnt happened..im not saying its right. but what did a 15 yr old boy expect to get out of going on a gay chat hotline? no he isnt an adult but hes old enough to know that chat lines are a danger....and he continued to hang out with a 32 yr old man and go to dinner and take money from him? all im saying is, if i was molested i wouldnt demand 5 million dollars...i would demand the person rot in jail and die. things sound fishy to me. on that note, yes it is a shame that people have to be so careful with their kids because of all the sickos out there

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This sound a little like how to get rich quick scheme. If it is a career is ruined and

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I could care less who you love. Why do you guys want kids? I said that the men's brains is near the zipper in his pants.

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it´s a pity, Men are just prostitutes, pigs etc. these days women are so scared to leave thier kids to stay with the kid´s Fathers. what a shame. i only pity the good men among them, they have to be compered with the bad ones