A 23 year-old man has accused, Elmo puppeteer, Kevin Clash of sexual assualt. The unknown man contact Sesame Workshop with the allegations, stating the sexual assualt took place seven years earlier when he was 16 years old.
Sesame Workshop immediately conducted a thorough investigation and found the allegation to be unsubstantiated. A rep also stated, “although this was a personal relationship unrelated to the workplace, our investigation did reveal that Kevin exercised poor judgment and violated company policy regarding Internet usage and he was disciplined.”
Sesame Street has granted Kevin Clash leave from the show to “take action to protect his reputation.”