After a tumultuous few weeks, capped with a second accusation of sexual misconduct with a minor, voice actor Kevin Clash has resigned from PBS’ landmark children’s program, “Sesame Street.”
The latest accusation came in the form of a lawsuit, filed by Cecil Singleton. Cecil claimed to have met Kevin in a gay phone chat back in 1993. At the time Cecil was only 15 and Kevin was 32, according to TMZ.com.
The website also reports that Cecil, now in his 30s, claims that Kevin “trolled gay telephone chat line rooms to meet and have sex with underage boys.”
Kevin, 52, first took a leave of absence from his duties as the voice of Elmo on “Sesame Street” after a 24-year-old struggling model named Sheldon Stephens, claimed that he was only 16 when he began a sexual relationship with the famed voice actor, according to cbsnews.com.
Kevin has since admitted to having a relationship with Sheldon, but said that the man was an adult at the time of their relationship, which he described as “consensual.”
Sheldon recanted his story last week, after reportedly receiving $125,000, but according to TMZ.com, expressed regret almost immediately after signing the deal, saying that he was pressured to sign the agreement.
In addition to providing the voice of one of the most popular “Sesame Street” characters for almost 30 years, Kevin was also the voice of Baby Sinclair on the hit ABC show “Dinosaurs.” Kevin coined the show’s signature catchphrase, “not the momma.”
Sesame Workshop has released a statement to TMZ that read: “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.’”