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Elmo Puppeteer Kevin Clash Resigns Amid Growing Underage Sex Scandal

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By Michael Lewittes

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Kevin Clash has resigned from “Sesame Street” amid allegations that he was involved in sexual activities with two underage men.

The longtime Elmo puppeteer’s sex scandal had become a “distraction,” said Sesame Workshop.

On the heels of allegations that Clash had a sexual relationship with Sheldon Stephens when he was just a teenager, comes news on Tuesday that a second man claims he too had an inappropriate relationship with the puppeteer while underage.

The new accuser, Cecil Singleton, now in his 30s, filed a lawsuit stating he met Clash in a gay chatline in 1993 when he was just 15.

According to the $5 million suit filed in New York, Clash “groomed [Singleton] to gain his trust by, among other things, taking him to nice dinners and giving him money.”

The court papers further state Clash was “preying on teenage boys to satisfy his depraved sexual interests.”

In a press conference on Tuesday, Singleton noted that when he was with Clash, there was “groping, masturbation, intense kissing, dry-humping,” and intercourse only when he was no longer a minor.

Sesame Workshop said in a statement about Clash’s resignation: “Sesame Workshop’s mission is to harness the educational power of media to help all children the world over reach their highest potential. Kevin Clash has helped us achieve that mission for 28 years, and none of us, especially Kevin, want anything to divert our attention from our focus on serving as a leading educational organization.”

“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,” concludes the statement.

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