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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  • Fatima

    Damn…

  • Yvette

    I’m so split on this whole situation. If he did indeed have sex with these young men of course he should face the consequences, but I’m not 100% convinced that he’s guilty. Plus, it’s a shame that he lost his job over all of this. After seeing his documentary, “Being Elmo”, being a puppeteer was his destiny.

  • SpkKay

    I am not sure about anyone else, but I most certainly would not offer any monetary compensation, deal, etc for something that I was completely unguilty of doing. I am not sure if sexual intercourse actually occurred between he and the alleged victims. However, he had to have done SOMETHING that was inappropriate and potentially unethical or illegal to strike a deal with the first accuser as well as resign.

  • http://valsotherblog.wordpress.com Val

    Whatever happened, this is sad. Kevin’s entire legacy has been ruined. Also, his family has to deal with this. Unfortunately it doesn’t even really matter if he’s guilty. People will assume where there is smoke there is fire.

  • http://lorrikey.com Lorri

    He had too. It’s a family show and any allegation or appearance is still going to taint his ability to work in the environment. Sucks, but it’s true.

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