Kevin Clash who has given life to the most popular character from Sesame Street, Elmo is in deep trouble. The puppeteer needs lately a Sesame Street fix. He’s being accused of having a gay relationship with a 16-year-old boy. His ex-wife Genia must be having a hard time.
Sesame Workshop says that Clash doesn’t accept the allegations against him made in June. Now the kid who claims to be Clash’s former lover is now 23 yrs. old.
This is what the people from Sesame Workshop said about the situation:
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.
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.
Clash told this to the reporters:
I had a relationship with (the accuser). It was between two consenting adults and I am deeply saddened that he is trying to make it into something it was not.
I am taking a break from Sesame Workshop to deal with this false and defamatory allegation.
Currently he is not going to work because of the scandal. Nobody says how long will this leave last. Kevin insists that the accusation is untrue and defamatory and he is concerned over his reputation. He is currently not working and asked for a leave permission which nobody had notified how long will this last.
Genia and Kevin had a daughter together, Shannon Elise. They got divorced on 2003. Genia has not said anything about the situation and kept this low profile.
Clash is 52-year-old and has worked in Sesame Street for 28 yrs. already. When he started interpreting this character, he changed the dynamics of the role, he became Big Bird’s rival on the show.
In 2006, Clash published an autobiography, “My Life as a Furry Red Monster,” he also appeared in a documentary in 2011 “Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey.”
Clash didn’t deny his homosexuality and is proud of being one. He feels the relationship with this guy was also a personal and private matter.
Read more of Kevin Clash’s Ex-wife Genia here.