*Kevin Clash, the Emmy-winning Elmo puppeteer and target of a trio of lawsuits alleging underage sex abuse, is “pleased” after a New York City judge ruled Monday that his accusers’ claims were filed too late and are thereby barred by the statute of limitations.
“Kevin is pleased by the judge’s decision,” his attorney, Michael G. Berger, said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “As we have maintained all along, our goal has been to put these spurious claims behind him so that Kevin can go about the business of re-claiming his personal life and his professional standing, which was recently recognized once again by the three Emmys he won last month.”
Berger added: “The judge’s decision to dismiss and close the three lawsuits is an important step in that direction. Kevin is looking forward to a time in the near future when he can tell his story free of innuendo and false claims.”
Last November, the 52-year-old puppeteer resigned from Sesame Workshop as accusers stepped forward to allege they had sex with Clash while underage. They included an anonymous John Doe who claimed that Clash paid to fly him from Miami to New York to be sexually abused in the mid-’90s; Cecil Singleton, who says he met Clash on a gay telephone chatline in 2003; and Kevin Kiadii, who says he had a relationship with Clash in 2004.
Clash’s attorneys acted to have the lawsuits dismissed as outside the statute of limitations, arguing that a lawsuit must be filed within six years of the event or three years after a plaintiff turns 21.
*Former Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash has had all charges of sexual molestation dropped by a judge in federal court because the accusers waited too long to file.
The lawsuits filed by Cecil Singleton, Kevin Kiadii and a third unnamed accuser were tossed after a judge said the statute of limitations had run out. As the judge detailed, the statute of limitations to sue someone for molestation expires three years after the accusers’ 18th birthday. Singleton was 23 when he filed his report in 2012.
Singleton and Kiadii accused Clash of indecent behavior when they were underaged. A third and later a fourth accusation came forward, however, the fourth eventually retracted his accusation.
Clash has denied all charges brought against him. He resigned from his long-serving post on “Sesame Street” in the wake of the allegations. No word on whether the accusers will make an appeal on the case.
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*Kevin Clash, the puppeteer and voice of Elmo on “Sesame Street,” is being sued for the fifth time, accused of sexually abusing a teenage boy, reports AP.
In a federal lawsuit filed in New York on Tuesday, 25-year-old Kevin Kiadii says he was 16 when he met Clash during an online chat. Kiadii’s attorney Jeff Herman says Clash sent a limo to pick up the teen in Brooklyn and take him to his Manhattan apartment for sex.
Herman represents four other people who filed similar lawsuits. He acknowledges his clients were compliant but says the 52-year-old puppeteer took advantage of them by playing father to them.
Clash resigned from “Sesame Street” in November. He has denied any wrongdoing. The latest lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.
Sheldon Stephens (L) and Kevin Clash
*Embattled former Sesame Street puppeteer Kevin Clash has been hit with a lawsuit accusing him of luring an underage boy into drug-fueled sex sessions.
The man behind beloved character Elmo is being sued by Sheldon Stephens, who claims he became involved in a sexual relationship with Clash after meeting the star at an actors’ function when he was 16 years old.
Stephens alleges Clash smoked crystal meth during their intimate meetings and also gave the teen amyl nitrate to enhance their sexual relations.
According to TMZ, Stephens’ complaint also accuses Clash’s unidentified limousine chauffeur of performing a sex act while watching them getting intimate.
Stephens previously recanted his account after reaching a settlement with Clash, but TMZ reports he turned his back on the agreement because it required him to admit making up the allegations.
Stephens is now suing because the settlement money was never paid.
Clash resigned from Sesame Street in November.
*Kevin Clash wants to clear the air about what’s going on in his life after the scandal blew up in the media.
He says the men who accused him of having sexual relations with them in their youth, have no right to sue him for what he’s allegedly done.
Kevin adds that because the incidents occurred so long ago, they’ve got no right to his fortune due to statute of limitations.
As a result, his attorneys filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuits filed by Cecil Singleton, and two other men who have not been identified.
The voice of Elmo reigned for his position at Sesame Street after the news came forth.