Kevin Clash, the voice of giggly red Muppet Elmo, has been accused of having sexwith an underaged (16.y.o.) teenager by the now-23-year-old man. Clash, who is 52, is denying the underaged sex claim but is on a “leave of absence” to deal with the issue.
Clash, who is openly gay, has apparently said that he did have a sexual relationship with his accuser. But he’s said it did not occur when he was underage.
So this is apparently going to end up being an issue of whether it was a 45-year-old seducing a 16-year-old or a 47-year-old seducing an 18-year-old and what the statutory rape laws were where the sex occurred. So even best-case scenario, it’s going to end up being pretty sordid.
***“His offscreen lifestyle was identical to that of his television persona: a reassuring adult who was not only happy to sit and talk, but one who managed to live out his entire life without the slightest whisper of scandal – unless you count one the time he nearly missed a hole while buttoning up his cardigan.”
I’ve read interviews with a lot of people who worked with him behind the scenes and when asked, “What’s he really like”, without exception every single person has said precisely the same thing, namely that he was **exactly **the same off-camera as he was on. It was not an act in any way, shape or form.