Ex-Elmo Puppeteer's Sex Abuse Lawsuits Tossed Out of Court in Shocking Decision

elmoA federal judge in Manhattan ruled Monday that the three men who claimed Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash had sex with them when they were under-aged waited too long to sue. Citing a statute of limitations that requires victims to speak up no longer than six years after the alleged crime or three years after they turn 21, whichever comes last, the judge tossed the Elmo case out of court. He also noted that the claims featured "nearly identical" language.

Through his lawyer, Clash says he's pleased that the three NYC lawsuits have been dropped. There is a fourth pending, however, in Pennsylvania. In that case, the alleged victim claims that Clash had a "crystal meth sex party" with his chauffeur and the accuser. Clash has filed a motion to transfer the case to New York but for the record, the accuser would also fall short of filing a claim within the statute of limitations -- he filed a suit nine years after the alleged crime and four years after he'd turned 21.

The plaintiffs are resilient, though, and vow that this is only a minor setback. There are plans to appeal. The lawyers maintain that the statute is an arbitrary time-line intended to keep victims quiet.

It's hard to know what to hope for here. Clash resigned from Sesame Street in November after the first allegations came out -- it's been clear from day one that everyone took his accusers seriously. Now, to hear that the case has been thrown out ... it's jarring because it's not as if Clash was necessarily proved innocent.

But there in lies the point. He was always innocent -- innocent until proven guilty. The judge was evidently suspicious of how long the alleged victims took to speak up, and his call-out that the suits all sounded bizarrely similar hints that there might have been something else fishy going on.

Did the Elmo puppeteer have inappropriate, psychologically damaging, and totally illegal relationships with underage men? Maybe. But as the judge sees it, it doesn't necessarily matter.

What do you think of the news?

 

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Nelli... NellieAthome

No, it was not "clear from day one that everyone took his accusers seriously."  The only thing clear is that the press and society are judgmental and want to condemn people who are accused but not tried.


There is NO EVIDENCE  he abused anyone. The nearly identical language in all three complaints paints a picture of people trying to extort money from someone by lying.


And no, it is not jarring to see the case thrown out - an accusation does not make anyone guilty nor does an accusation require a trial to be deemed bogus or unjustified.  But people like you will tar this man because he did not give in to extortion and because a judge, for a change, saw reason and tossed out charges that not only appeared bogus but could not be proven one way or the other so many years later. But you, for some unfathomable reason  seem to think that Clash and the government should spend $100,000s to "prove" something that is never proven in a court of law. NO ONE is found innocent - just not guilty legally as was shown by the OJ trial

Elaine Cox

Did the Elmo puppeteer have inappropriate, psychologically damaging, and totally illegal relationships with underage men? Maybe. But as the judge sees it, it doesn't necessarily matter


the judge had no choice..had to follow the law..and as for a website on the record as having no problem with a 23 woman banging a 15 year old boy..the high horse is a lil lame

TheTr... TheTruthTeller

What is so shocking? The lawyer knew when he filed that they were accusing him outside the statute. He just wanted to get money suing a successful person. These accusers are grifters.

ERMDK ERMDK

I met the man, a little over a year ago. He was incredibly charismatic, and seemed very genuine. He spoke to me and my children (as Elmo and as himself). I hate the idea that the accusations might be true, but the in any case, the judge has to follow the law.

sassy... sassykat122

Not shocking. The only reason these claims 'came forward' is because they smelled money.

Caera Caera

I think the accusors are full of shit. 


 

Collin Greenwood

I think the judge is correct. There was NO power relationship and all claims that some other "thing" caused these people to wait for a very long time after majority to sue are crap. Not everyone took the accusers seriously, I have said from day one - they want money, he has money - they will make up whatever they need to in order to get his money.

nonmember avatar tomasie

I sympathize with the accusers. One lawsuit is okay... but FIVE? Also, most pedophiles take jobs associated with children. The Crystal Meth lawsuit is believable... that's a popular drug in the gay community. I had a friend in a similar situation with his HS teacher. Took him years to finally tell authorities.

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