Kevin Clash, long the voice of Elmo on Sesame Street, is taking an indefinite leave of absence under a same-sex pedophilia allegation.
¶Mr. Clash elaborated in a statement later on Monday. “I am a gay man,” he said. “I have never been ashamed of this or tried to hide it, but felt it was a personal and private matter. I had a relationship with the accuser. 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. I am taking a break from Sesame Workshop to deal with this false and defamatory allegation.”
The Sesame Workshop executive said three outside firms had investigated the matter on behalf of the various parties involved and the organization conducted its own internal investigation. As recently as Nov. 7, the accuser’s attorney indicated to the Sesame Workshop that he did not have any proof that his client was underage at the time of the relationship, according to the executive at the organization.