Elmo actor Kevin Clash has resigned amid claims of underage sexual abuse, Sesame Workshop revealed today.

Kevin Clash was first accused of an inappropriate sexual relationship by aspiring model Sheldon Stephens, who has a history of arrests including allegedly robbing a former boss of a $250,000 necklace at knife point.

Stephens recanted his abuse claims but later expressed regret over signing the $125,000 deal which required him to take back the allegations.

Kevin Clash is now being sued by Cecil Singleton, who claims he met 32 year-old Kevin in a gay phone chat when he was only 15.

On the heels of both Stephens and Singleton’s claims, Clash resigned from Sesame Street. Sesame Workshop released this statement: “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 in his job and has resigned from Sesame Street. This is a sad day for Sesame Street.”

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  • Mademoiselle

    That’s possible Other Jess. Even if they came out years ago, Clash’s identity as Elmo would’ve been revealed in the process. You’re right. Guess I’ll just wait for more info to unfold with the reasons.

  • JaeBee

    What does pedophilia have to do with marriage (be it gay or straight) period?! Someone who is sexually attracted to children and acts upon that isn’t gonna somehow be cured by being allowed to get married. Their attraction to someone else may not completely be based on gender, but it’s most assuredly based upon the other person’s age.

  • james

    according to the article cecil wasnt even born for another 5 years or so just sayin

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