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ELMO in Trouble...part 2

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NEW YORK (AP) — Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash has resigned from "Sesame Street" in the wake of an allegation that he had sex with an under-aged youth.

In its statement Tuesday, Sesame Workshop said "the controversy surrounding Kevin's personal life has become a distraction that none of us want," leading Clash to conclude "that he can no longer be effective in his job."

"This is a sad day for Sesame Street," the statement said.

As the announcement was made, a lawsuit was being filed in federal court in New York charging Clash with sexual abuse of a second youth. The lawsuit alleges that Cecil Singleton, then 15 and now an adult, was persuaded by Clash to meet for sexual encounters.

The lawsuit seeks damages in excess of $5 million.

Clash, who had been on "Sesame Street" for 28 years, created the high-pitched voice and child-like persona for Elmo, a furry, red Muppet that became one of the most popular characters on the show and one of the company's most lucrative properties. Sesame Workshop produces "Sesame Street" in New York.

Clash's exit followed a tumultuous week that began on Nov. 12 with a statement from the company that Clash had requested a leave of absence following the charge by a man in his early 20s that he had had a relationship with Clash when he was 16.

Clash denied the charge from that man, who has not been publicly identified, calling it "false and defamatory."

Clash, the 52-year-old divorced father of a grown daughter, acknowledged that he is gay in that statement.

Sesame Workshop, which said it was first contacted by the accuser in June, said it had launched an investigation that included meeting with the accuser twice and meeting with Clash. Its investigation found the charge of underage conduct to be unsubstantiated.

The next day Clash's accuser recanted his charge, describing his sexual relationship with Clash as adult and consensual. Clash responded that he was "relieved that this painful allegation has been put to rest."

In addition to his marquee role as Elmo, Clash had served as the show's senior Muppet coordinator and Muppet captain. He won 23 daytime Emmy awards and one prime-time Emmy.

In 2006, he published an autobiography, "My Life as a Furry Red Monster," and was the subject of the 2011 documentary "Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey."

Though it remained unclear who might take over for Clash performing as Elmo, other "Sesame Street" puppeteers have been trained to serve as his stand-in, Sesame Workshop said.

"Elmo is bigger than any one person," they said last week.

Maryanne
by on Nov. 20, 2012 at 12:20 PM
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MaryanneMac
by on Nov. 20, 2012 at 5:33 PM

 There is a similar scandal going on in England (only difference is the kiddie host is dead now), A year after the guy died...over 400 kids came forward to say that he molested them.  So far there have been 5 other people arrested.  All can say is wow!!! What is the world coming to when beloved kiddie charters are molesters.

Quoting sheena696:

 I have no doubt that the first accuser was underage when the relationship started now. I still think that they spoke up due to money, but that doesn't make Clash any less of a creeper or what was done any less wrong! Ick! And I do think that this 2nd one is also speaking up due to money, but you have to wonder if there are any others as well.

 

Maryanne
MaryanneMac
by on Nov. 20, 2012 at 5:35 PM

The British Version of The Elmo Scandal

 

LONDON (AP) - The BBC's top executive, George Entwistle, resigned Saturday night amid a flood of controversy over the broadcaster's handling of child sex-abuse cases.

 

His resignation caps a difficult month for the broadcaster, which first came under fire for not airing allegations of child sex abuse committed by one of its star hosts, the late Jimmy Savile. Just weeks later, the BBC's prestigious investigative program, "Newsnight," wrongly implicated a British politician in a child sex-abuse scandal.

 

It was the same program that had earlier shelved a report into Savile.

 

Here are key developments in the scandal:

 

Oct. 29, 2011: Longtime BBC children's television host Jimmy Savile dies at the age of 84. The eccentric, platinum haired entertainer, known for his garish tracksuits and Cuban cigars, is hailed as a true English eccentric when he is buried 10 days later. He had received a knighthood and numerous other honors.

 

December 2011: The long-trusted and publicly funded BBC pulls a "Newsnight" program that would have linked Savile to the repeated sexual abuseof children during his career at the broadcaster. Instead, the BBC shows tribute programs praising Savile, who had been active in numerous charities.

 

Sept. 17, 2012: George Entwistle named BBC director general, succeeding Mark Thompson, who is becoming chief executive of The New York Times Co. in November.

 

Oct. 2, 2012: "Newsnight" editor Peter Ripponwrites a blog post saying the Savile program was shelved for editorial reasons, denies it was part of any BBC cover-up.

 

Oct. 3, 2012: The extended media silence about Savile's sex abuse is broken with a documentary by the BBC's main commercial rival, ITV. The broadcast exposes the dark side of Savile's life, which had been rumored but not documented. The show prompts a probe by police, which later leads to a formal criminal investigation into alleged sexual abuse by Savile and others.

 

Oct. 12, 2012: With the police investigation producing many new leads, BBC director general George Entwistleannounces the broadcaster will launch an official review of its culture and practices at the time of Savile's offenses and investigate why the earlier "Newsnight" program was shelved.

 

Oct. 22, 2013: A BBC "Panorama" show airs, with reporters quizzing senior management about why they canned the bombshell program on Savile. BBC says Peter Rippon, "Newsnight" editor, will step aside pending an investigation into his decision to scrap the Savile story. The broadcaster also issues a correction to Rippon's previous blog post, calling it "inaccurate."

 

Oct. 23, 2013: Entwistle appears before British lawmakers to address the BBC's handling of the Savile crisis. He acknowledged there had been "a problem of culture within the BBC" that allowed Savile's behavior to go unchecked. The BBC also said it is investigating claims of sexual abuseand harassment against nine staff members and contributors, in addition to Savile.

 

Oct. 25, 2012: Metropolitan Police say there may be 300 potential victims of Savile and his associates as abuse reports increase. Savile is identified as one of the worst sex offenders in British history.

 

Oct. 28, 2012: Police arrest former glam rock star and convicted sex offender Gary Glitter as part of the investigation into Savile and his associates.

 

Nov. 2, 2012: BBC's "Newsnight" show broadcasts an expose about child sex abuse in Wales in the 1970s and 1980s that includes allegations about an unnamed senior politician from the Margaret Thatcher era.

 

Nov. 9, 2012: Alistair McAlpine, a Conservative party member of the House of Lords named in Internet chatter as the culprit, comes forward to deny the charges and threaten legal action against the BBC. The person who made the accusations in the "Newsnight" broadcast, Steve Messham, then apologizes and said it was a case of mistaken identity. BBC apologizes and suspends "Newsnight" investigations.

 

Nov. 10, 2012: BBC's top executive, director-general George Entwistle, resigns after his attempts to explain and apologize for the situation fail to quell mounting criticism of the flagship broadcaster's handling of the sex abuse scandal.

 

 

 

Maryanne
Iluvmy2kiddies
by on Nov. 20, 2012 at 5:44 PM

LOL

Quoting Babybear89:

Justified fear! I always knew there was something wrong with him lol


lenoxclan
by on Nov. 21, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Sad and scary, when you find out you can't even trust Elmo!

Wondering if the 2nd person will end up recanting his claim.

tamidawn
by on Nov. 21, 2012 at 4:20 PM
Oh dear! :/
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MaryanneMac
by on Nov. 21, 2012 at 6:33 PM

 From what I've read he's suing for 5 million...so I doubt he'll recant (unless Elmo pays some BIG bucks)

Quoting lenoxclan:

Sad and scary, when you find out you can't even trust Elmo!

Wondering if the 2nd person will end up recanting his claim.

 

Maryanne
sheena696
by on Nov. 21, 2012 at 7:22 PM

 Ok, I looked that guy up and he looked like a creeper anyway! ICK!

Quoting MaryanneMac:

 There is a similar scandal going on in England (only difference is the kiddie host is dead now), A year after the guy died...over 400 kids came forward to say that he molested them.  So far there have been 5 other people arrested.  All can say is wow!!! What is the world coming to when beloved kiddie charters are molesters.

Quoting sheena696:

 I have no doubt that the first accuser was underage when the relationship started now. I still think that they spoke up due to money, but that doesn't make Clash any less of a creeper or what was done any less wrong! Ick! And I do think that this 2nd one is also speaking up due to money, but you have to wonder if there are any others as well.

 

 

MaryanneMac
by on Nov. 21, 2012 at 11:48 PM

 He did look creepy...and the catholic church knighted him (let me say at reading that I was shocked,...and slightly embarrassed to be a catholic)

Quoting sheena696:

 Ok, I looked that guy up and he looked like a creeper anyway! ICK!

Quoting MaryanneMac:

 There is a similar scandal going on in England (only difference is the kiddie host is dead now), A year after the guy died...over 400 kids came forward to say that he molested them.  So far there have been 5 other people arrested.  All can say is wow!!! What is the world coming to when beloved kiddie charters are molesters.

Quoting sheena696:

 I have no doubt that the first accuser was underage when the relationship started now. I still think that they spoke up due to money, but that doesn't make Clash any less of a creeper or what was done any less wrong! Ick! And I do think that this 2nd one is also speaking up due to money, but you have to wonder if there are any others as well.

 

 

 

Maryanne
Babybear89
by on Nov. 22, 2012 at 9:46 AM
1 mom liked this

monsters hide everywhere

MaryanneMac
by on Nov. 29, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Now there is a thrid accuser!!

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