Accuser of Elmo’s Kevin Clash Recants his Accusations, No Underage Sex Went Down
One day after the news hit the blogosphere the man who accused Elmo’s Kevin Clash of having relations with him at only age 16 is “Un-Accusing” him. The man who has yet to be identified who is now 23 years of age, has come forward and via his attorney’s, he’s backed out of his previous allegations.
His lawyers at the firm Andreozzi & Associates released a statement on their client’s behalf,
This office represented the 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.”
Clash admitted that he had an affair with the accuser and that he was gay, something that he said that he never tried to hide,
I am a gay man. I have never been ashamed of this or tried to hide it, but felt it was a personal and private matter, I had a relationship with the accuser. It was between two consenting adults and I am deeply saddened that he is trying to characterize it as something other than what it was. I am taking a break from Sesame Workshop to deal with this false and defamatory allegation.”
In response to the accuser’s recant, Clash sent an equally short message to FOX news,
“I am relieved that this painful allegation has been put to rest, I will not discuss it further.”
That’s it. No juicy details, no reasons why the accuser lied, no tawdry tidbits for us gossip bloggers. Open and shut. At first blush I felt sorry for Clash, as his reputation has definitely taken a hit. He went from being a positive, black, gay role model to one of a nasty, preying pedophile all over a false accusation. However, looking at what really happened, it’s kinda, sort of what he deserved.
Put Clash’s relationship with the accuser in perspective, imagine that it was heterosexual and he was 45 and the young woman was 16. They became in contact with each other and Clash worked the youngster over and then at age 18 began to have an affair. Suddenly Clash doesn’t appear to be a victim. Instead he appears to be some pervert having sex with one of his daughter’s friends. Exactly. So Clash should be lucky that’s over and that he still has his job.
There is no indication of when Clash would return to the show, his home since 1984.
Kevin Clash’s Net Worth: $12 Million