Monday, November 12, 2012

There's a sex scandal on Sesame Street and it doesn't involve Bert, Ernie, a filipino prostitute, nor cocaine

No, it involves the Elmo's puppeteer of all things. According to Boston.com, he's being accused of having a sexual relationship with an underage boy, by the now adult victim. Regarding the matter, Sesame Street Workshop has this statement on their blog:
In June of this year, Sesame Workshop received a communication from a then 23 year old man who alleged that he had a relationship beginning when he was 16 years old with Kevin Clash, a Sesame Workshop puppeteer who performs as Elmo.

We took the allegation very seriously and took immediate action. We met with the accuser twice and had repeated communications with him. We met with Kevin, who denied the accusation. We also conducted a thorough investigation and found the allegation of underage conduct to be unsubstantiated. Although this was a personal relationship unrelated to the workplace, our investigation did reveal that Kevin exercised poor judgment and violated company policy regarding internet usage and he was disciplined.

Kevin insists that the allegation of underage conduct is false and defamatory and he is taking actions to protect his reputation. We have granted him a leave of absence to do so.

Elmo is bigger than any one person and will continue to be an integral part of Sesame Street to engage, educate and inspire children around the world, as it has for 40 years.
 And here's my take on the matter:

Is nothing sacred anymore? Can we please not have sex scandals involving beloved institutions like Sesame Street? What's next, a Loonette the Clown sex tape?

h/t Topless Robot.

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