30-something Cecil Singleton (15 at the time), mentioned “groping,” “masturbation,” and “dry-humping,” saying Clash has a habit of meeting underage boys in telephone chat rooms. This just after first accuser Sheldon Stephens said he originally retracted his story and accepted a $125,000 settlement because he felt “pressured.” Statement from Kevin via The Hollywood Reporter:
“I am resigning from Sesame Workshop with a very heavy heart. I have loved every day of my 28 years working for this exceptional organization. Personal matters have diverted attention away from the important work Sesame Street is doing and I cannot allow it to go on any longer.
I am deeply sorry to be leaving and am looking forward to resolving these personal matters privately.”
Clash was the longest running puppeteer (28 years, since 1984) to provide Elmo with a personality. (Carroll Spinney, Brian Muehl, and Richard Hunt helmed the red children’s icon prior).