Elmo is off the hook. Or at least, the man who once played Elmo is.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Manhattan’s Judge John Koeltl has thrown out a number of claims against Kevin Clash, the one-time Elmo puppeteer who left Sesame Street following numerous sexual assault allegations which linked him to young boys.
The claims came from Cecil Singleton, Kevin Kiadii and one more anonymous party, with each man claiming damages as a result of Clash’s earlier abuse. Apparently Koeltl argued that since all three of these allegations came after the six-year filing period, they could not be accepted by the court.
Koeltl said more specifically in his officially statement, “The complaints in these cases were filed more than six years after the defendant’s conduct with each plaintiff ended.”
He continued, “While the plaintiffs may not have recognized the extent of their injuries, they were aware of the defendant’s conduct towards them and could have brought claims.”
As you may recall, Clash initially retired from Sesame Street back in November, shortly after Singleton went public with their former relationship. The other men brought forth their stories just a while later.
At the time of Clash’s retirement, Sesame Street released the following statement: “The controversy surrounding Kevin’s personal life has become a distraction that none of us want, and he has concluded that he can no longer be effective in his job.” Clash had been working with the children’s program for 28 years and had won a number of Emmys.
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