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Kevin Clash


Kevin Jeffrey Clash is an American puppeteer. He is famous for being a voice actor for characters including Elmo, Baby Sinclair, Clifford, Splinter and Hoots the Owl. As of 2012, he is Sesame Street Muppet Captain and co-executive producer.

Professional Career

Allegations

In November 2012, a 23-year-old man has alleged that he and Kevin Clash had been in a sexual relationship which began when he was 16 years old. The issue is controversial as the state of New York prohibits sexual relationship with a person who is below the legal age of 16. Clash took a leave of absence from Sesame Workshop after the allegations on November 12, 2012.

The allegation was initially presented to Sesame Workshop in June 2012. Their investigation found that the allegation was unsubstantiated. Clash was however disciplined for violating company policy around Internet usage in the workplace.

Clash issued a statement in which he confirmed that he is gay and acknowledged that he had been in a relationship with the accuser; however, he characterized the relationship as being between consenting adults.

The accuser's lawyers has issued a statement on November 13, 2012 which read: "This office represented a 23-year-old man who was the subject of many media reports regarding Kevin Clash. He wants it to be known that his sexual relationship with Mr. Clash was an adult consensual relationship. He will have no further comment on the matter."

Kevin Clash later released a statement through his publicist which read: "I am relieved that this painful allegation has been put to rest. I will not discuss it further."

The Sesame Workshop, in its statement said: "We are pleased that this matter has been brought to a close, and we are happy that Kevin can move on from this unfortunate episode.

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