Kevin Clash Admits He's Gay, Had (Legal) Relationship With Accuser

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Kevin Clash says he is gay and has never tried to hide that, and indeed was involved a relationship with the younger man accusing him of inappropriate sexual behavior.

Kevin Clash, Elmo

The voice of Sesame Street's beloved Elmo says the accuser was over 18, however, not underage as he has alleged. Clash took a leave of absence Monday.

Kevin Clash, who's performed as Elmo for 27 years, is 52. He admits he had "a relationship with the [now 23-year-old] accuser," but not an illegal one.

"It was between two consenting adults and I am deeply saddened that he is trying to characterize it as something other than what it was," he said in a statement.

"I am taking a break from Sesame Workshop to deal with this false, defamatory allegation."

Clash also confirmed he is "a gay man" and has "never been ashamed or tried to hide it, but felt [my relationship with the accuser] was a personal and private matter."

Sesame Workshop backs up Clash on one count, saying that after a "thorough investigation" they "found the allegation of underage conduct to be unsubstantiated."

Still, the family-oriented organization found that Kevin Clash "exercised poor judgment and violated company policy regarding Internet usage and he was disciplined."

The Workshop added that Clash "insists that the allegation of underage conduct is false and defamatory and he is taking actions to protect his reputation."

As for why he was disciplined by his employer, an email Clash wrote to his accuser reads, "I'm sorry I keep talking about sex with you, its driving me insane."

The puppeteer adds, "I want you to know that I love you and I will never hurt you. I'm here to protect you and make sure your dreams come true."

"I'll have my assistant book a ticket for you to come to NY and we can talk about this in person."

To clarify, the email was written well after the accuser turned 18; the allegation made by the accuser is that the two were intimate before he was 18.

Clash denies any wrongdoing, while admitting a consensual relationship.

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These homos who can't keep their mouths shut make it harder on homos like me who want to snag a millionaire.


It seems to me that Kevin Clash's accuser is looking for some media attention or for some kind of cash settlement. Or both. Who knows..........


This is the type of gay man I detest. If you are gay ok why marry a woman and have kids? They call this down-low


I think this 23 yr old "kid" needs a spanking!! lol Peace and Happy Holidays. Peace "Elmo"


One word. Pathetic. The whole damn story is pathetic. Doesn't this Clash guy have a WIFE and daughter. Pathetic.

@ Howard Boyd

May i inquire as where you heard he had a wife and daughter? I've tried searching for that bit of information and everything keeps coming back he is a "Gay" man.

@ T.L. Mack

@Mack, the guy was married and has a daughter. Clash explains all this his movie Being Elmo. In fact I never knew he was gay until about five mins ago lol. Because he talked about his daughter and marriage with a woman quite a bit.

@ T.L. Mack

He's said so in interviews and talks about his daughter.


@Brenda65, apparently you didn't read the entire article. It clearly states that "The email was written well after the accuser turned 18." We're talking about two consenting adults here, despite the fact that the now 23 yr old still handles things like a child.


Unfortunately, NYS allows sex between two people to be consentual as long as both are at least 17. A 65 year old man can have sex with a 17 year old girl and it's NOT illegal. SICK, yes - but there is absolutely nothing you can do about it legally. Believe me, I wish there was. It happened to my daughter, and there was nothing I could do about it.


Brenda I agree with the part of your statement that under age sex is wrong. I just think unless you know for a fact and its been proven that he had sex with this guy before he was 18 you shouldn't assume Kevin is in the wrong.


Sorry Dude, no matter what your orientation, gender, etc., sex with anyone under 18 is a no-no. A 16 year old is still a TEEN. You should have known better. You'll probably be on the "perv" list the rest of your life. Hope you learned something here.

@ Brenda65

Maybe you should watch more of Sesame Street and learn to read so you can actually comprehend a story before commenting on it.

@ Brenda65

The article said the accuser was over 18 at the that time. Did you actually read it?

@ Maggie

Maggie I agree did she even read the whole article and understand it content

@ amg

Sorry this is still gross even a hetero relationship would be little perv- that's a large age difference. An 18yr old (over 30 years difference)can't drink, barely has a license c'mon this guy is a POS!! Bye Bye Elmo. Puke