And Elmo’s Being Accused of Having Gay Sex With A Minor, This Is The World We Live In

The Superficial / November 12, 2012

“Elmo thinks he need lawyer now.”

I may have said this in reference to Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez, but I’m dead fucking serious this time: Welcome to the exact moment innocence died. Kevin Clash, the man who created Elmo, a character beloved by children everywhere, and whose incredible story of working his way up from the projects of Baltimore to fulfill a life-long dream of becoming the head puppeteer for Sesame Workshop was recently featured in the documentary Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey, is being accused of having gay sex with a 16-year-old. However, Kevin denies the allegations and claims they had consensual sex years later when the man was of age. He’s since taken a voluntary leave of absence from Sesame Workshop to defend his innocence. TMZ reports:

Sesame Workshop officials tell TMZ … they conducted a thorough investigation and determined the allegation of underage sex was unsubstantiated. They say they never tried to silence the accuser — rather they asked for evidence supporting his claim, but he never produced it.
Officials also tell us they’re suspicious because the accuser has an email which TMZ obtained — purportedly sent to him by Clash, acknowledging they had the affair when he was 16. The officials say the accuser never mentioned such an email existed and they believe it’s fraudulent.
But there were other emails between Clash and the accuser, and although they don’t suggest there was underage sex, officials tell us they disciplined him for inappropriate use of company email.
Sesame Workshop honchos tell TMZ … “Kevin insists that these allegations are false and defamatory and he has taken actions to protect his reputation. We have granted him a leave of absence to do so.”
It is unclear why Clash wanted a leave of absence, since he denies the allegations of underage sex.
As for Clash, the voice actor tells TMZ, “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.” Clash calls the accusations false and defamatory.

So say this ends up being true and Elmo had sex with a teenager, how is that any different from Doug Hutchinson not only banging Courtney Stodden but marrying her? Shit, she’s practically made from the same materials and probably sings the ABCs if you shove your hand up her butt, too. The only difference is Courtney’s a straight, white blonde girl with giant ti- and, nope, never mind, I got it. Message received.

UPDATE: ELMO’S INNOCENT!

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