Just last week Clash's accuser (I'm sorry, first accuser) recanted his statement that he and Clash began a relationship while he was underage. Moral opinions on the appropriateness of Clash's personal life quickly overshadowed The Elmo. I call Elmo a 'the' because Clash's embodiment of the character made Elmo an entity on its own. The world, young and old, fell madly in love with furry red creature.
By recanting his statement, Clash's first accuser gave a glimmer of hope that Elmo would live on through Clash and that this was all a tabloid misunderstanding. But just days later, the man now in his twenties recanted his recantation, saying he was paid off and pressured to be quiet. There are no do-overs in the world of inappropriate behavior with children, so a recanting of a recantation sounds suspect. Still, a crack in the door of hope lingered for Clash.
Notwithstanding, the door has slammed shut now that a second man has come forward, slapping Clash with a $5 million law suit over what he says was a trolling attack of pedophilia on telephone chat rooms. The second man, Cecil Singleton says he was just 15 when he and Clash met up and now he wants restitution.
"He asked me if I might come to his apartment so he could give me a proper good-night kiss. He gave me the most passionate kiss I ever had experienced," Singleton, now 23, says about their encounter in 2003.
This second revelation was enough for Sesame Street to take the puppet out of Clash's hands.
"None of us, especially Kevin, want anything to divert our attention from our focus on serving as a leading educational organization," the show said in a statement. "This is a sad day for Sesame Street."