BJ'S BLOG 11/19/12 "Elmo is Free"
Last week, we received a tweet from a Rock-A-Holic named Matt on Twitter about the latest news about Kevin Clash, the voice actor and puppeteer for Elmo on Sesame Street and his scandal.
For those who don’t know, the scandal started when an unnamed accuser said that when he was 16-years-old, he had sex with Clash. Clash then came out and said that he did have sex with said accuser but it was when he was of legal age.
The latest news is that “Elmo” is free! Last week, the accuser released a statement denying the charges. "He wants it to be known that his sexual relationship with Mr. Clash was an adult consensual relationship."
Clash said through a representative, "I am relieved that this painful allegation has been put to rest. I will not discuss it further."
The company also released a brief follow-up statement. "We are pleased that this matter has been brought to a close, and we are happy that Kevin can move on from this unfortunate episode."
I want to believe that the accuser was lying the whole time, but TMZ has done some digging and according to them, Clash’s attorneys and the accuser were in negotiations and the rumor is that six-figures were on the table at some point.
Assuming that the accuser was lying the whole time, if I was in Clash’s position, I wouldn’t just want to stop talking about it, I would send my accuser to court.
If someone wants to accuse me of something I didn’t do because they want money out of me, not only are they affecting me, but my family, friends, and career as well.
We need to put a stop to these false accusations and if we start putting these liars behind bars, we still see less and less incidents like this.