by David Mendez
My faith in humanity has now been dashed, folks.
Kevin Clash, famous for being the puppeteer behind "Sesame Street"'s Elmo, has resigned after a second accusation of an inappropriate sexual relationship with a young boy has come to light.
From the website of the second accuser's lawyer, hermanlaw.com:
· When CECIL SINGLETON, the victim in this case, was just fifteen years old, he called a gay chat line seeking friends. In this chat room, KEVIN CLASH, internationally known puppeteer and voice actor for the widely recognized Sesame Street character Elmo, began communicating with CECIL SINGLETON.
· During these telephone calls, KEVIN CLASH persuaded, induced, coerced or enticed CECIL SINGLETON to meet him for sexual encounters.
· KEVIN CLASH groomed CECIL and gained his trust by, among other things, taking him to nice dinners and giving him money.
· On numerous occasions over a period of years, KEVIN CLASH engaged CECIL SINGLETON in sexual activity. This sexual activity began when CECIL SINGLETON was fifteen years old.
The victim’s attorney, Jeff Herman, said: “According to our lawsuit, Kevin Clash preyed on vulnerable teenage boys, like Cecil Singleton, to satisfy his depraved sexual interests. By coming forward now, Cecil hopes to spare the lives of others like him and to begin his own healing process."
I'm getting tired of writing this one-word statement, but...
This is, of course, the second accusation against Clash (hence the term "Elmogate"), with the first coming from an on, then off, then on-again accusation from now-23-year-old male model Sheldon Stevens.
And thus ends my interest in the documentary following Clash's life, Being Elmo.