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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Elmo Sex Accuser Recants Story

Posted by on Tue, Nov 13, 2012 at 2:40 PM

This awful story gets worse:

The man who accused Kevin Clash, the voice and puppeteer of the “Sesame Street” character Elmo, of an underage sexual relationship has recanted that claim, his lawyer said on Tuesday. The reversal came a day after the claim was first published by the gossip Web site TMZ...Mr. Clash said through a spokeswoman: “I am relieved that this painful allegation has been put to rest. I will not discuss it further.”


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Will in Seattle 1
I am shocked that TMZ would be inaccurate.

Oh. Wait.

Never mind.
Posted by Will in Seattle on November 13, 2012 at 2:46 PM · Report this
brian 2
How is this worse?
Posted by brian on November 13, 2012 at 2:46 PM · Report this
I can't imagine that it's not the case, but the one thing I wanted when the allegation came out and still want now that it has been recanted, is most likely what the Sesame Workshop wants, which is an announcement that, whatever actually did happen, happened far away from the children's show and that only Kevin Clash has ties to Sesame Street.
Posted by Flipping TMZ The BIG Bird on November 13, 2012 at 2:50 PM · Report this
Worse? How so?
Seems much better to me.
Posted by tacomagirl on November 13, 2012 at 2:54 PM · Report this
Why social media continue to use the word "underage" when even in the original story the guy was 18 and the age of consent in New York is 17 anyway.

It is like just a hint or allegation of this stuff even when no law has been broken is enough to send people into a frenzy...

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on November 13, 2012 at 3:00 PM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 6
Well. Glad that's over. No harm done, right?
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn on November 13, 2012 at 3:09 PM · Report this
Elmo vindicated. Resume tickling.
Posted by bmvaughn on November 13, 2012 at 3:10 PM · Report this
Cato the Younger Younger 8
TMZ destroying lives daily! Are you going to be next?!?!
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on November 13, 2012 at 3:13 PM · Report this
blip 9
I'm also seeing this as a major improvement. This wouldn't be newsworthy at all if it weren't for the charges of underage fucking. Now it's just sex between consenting adults.
Posted by blip on November 13, 2012 at 3:27 PM · Report this
MacCrocodile 10
@9 - Sure, but now One Million Moms are going to throw a tantrum that a gay man is allowed to talk to children with a puppet. They will stamp their mom-feet and furrow their mom-brows and hiss about Christian values and stuff. It'll be epic, sure to take down Sesame Street forever.
Posted by MacCrocodile on November 13, 2012 at 3:34 PM · Report this
I fail to see how this is "worse", unless you're talking about how the culture of accusations has turned into a dangerous game with people making false claims in an attempt to seek attention or destroy someone's life.
Posted by Chali2Na on November 13, 2012 at 3:52 PM · Report this
That is not "worse"...anyone who has a kid who grew up on Elmo knows that having Kevin Clash's name cleared of something is illegal is not "worse," it's "better". The only thing I'm worried about is the backlash from certain parts of our country now that they know he's gay. But on the plus side--one more ultra cool person the gay team can claim.
Posted by ddmama on November 13, 2012 at 3:59 PM · Report this
@10 Why you hating on all the moms?
I'd bet the backlash, if any, will come from the mouths of men.
Posted by tacomagirl on November 13, 2012 at 4:00 PM · Report this
Posted by Korinthia Klein on November 13, 2012 at 4:03 PM · Report this
@13 You clearly haven't been introduced to the horror show that is One Million Moms. Do some Googling.
Posted by UNPAID COMMENTER on November 13, 2012 at 4:07 PM · Report this
Matt from Denver 16
@ 13/15, the way @10 concludes makes me think it was facetious.
Posted by Matt from Denver on November 13, 2012 at 4:11 PM · Report this
seandr 17
Sigh. Now what am I supposed to masturbate to?
Posted by seandr on November 13, 2012 at 4:15 PM · Report this
Ziggity 18
@5: The original allegation was that the relationship began when the young man was 15 years old, which is definitely "underage".
Posted by Ziggity on November 13, 2012 at 4:18 PM · Report this

Well in any case, there's certainly a lot of memetic-style damage here.

I wonder if some day the technology would be sophisticated enough to backtrack the chain of aspersions and make each and everyone who contributed on the web liable in some kind of reverse class action lawsuit, where a single person essentially sues a group because of harm.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on November 13, 2012 at 4:25 PM · Report this
venomlash 20
@19: We have something like that. If people are making fun of you, just backtrace them and report it to the cyber police.
Posted by venomlash on November 13, 2012 at 5:10 PM · Report this
The accuser's identity isn't known. I have to wonder, if "he" was a "she" if the accuser wouldn't have been tracked down and lambasted by now. Even on Slog, "she" would certainly have been called a lying, exploitive slut by comment 20 of this thread, even if her accusations had merit. But a male accuser whose accusations are false gets treated with kid gloves in comparison.
Posted by wxPDX on November 13, 2012 at 5:41 PM · Report this
Sandiai 22
One Million Moms:

Sign up to get their newsletter so that you can write supportive letters to the organizations they're targeting. Oh, and if they target a business for boycott, that's where you can spend a little extra money.

Posted by Sandiai on November 13, 2012 at 5:56 PM · Report this
Arsenio Hall (remember him?) used to do a routine called "Things That Make You Go 'Hmmm...'". Follow:

If you keep up with news from the UK, the BBC is currently in deep shit over revelations that one of their high-profile DJs/children's show hosts/British eccentrics, Jimmy Savile, was apparently a serial and aggressive pedophile with a taste for pubescent girls (and a secondary taste for boys of a similar age.) Hmmm...

The right wing in the UK (with plenty of support from commercial operators like Rupert Murdoch) has been agitating for decades to have the BBC defunded and/or privatized. Hmmm...

Some of the most right-wing media in the UK have been blaring headlines about other alleged pedophiles in the BBC (most if not all previously closeted gay men who are conveniently dead and can't sue for libel.) Hmmm...

Back in the USA, our right wing has been agitating for decades to defund or privatize public broadcasting (well past the extent that it's been privatized already.) Hmmm...

Kevin Clash (thanks to that documentary) is one of the more high-profile performers on public television. Hmmm...

You know the habit American television has of adapting or copying British TV series and usually fucking the process up royally? I can't help but wonder if we've just seen the same thing in real life.

Posted by DonServo on November 13, 2012 at 6:32 PM · Report this
MacCrocodile 24
@22 - Careful, some of those organizations have been known to re-re-write your re-written letters if they catch you saying something they disapprove of.
Posted by MacCrocodile on November 13, 2012 at 6:54 PM · Report this
@21: "Mens Rights Advocate" idiot spotted. The accuser was not anonymous, you douchebag.
Posted by always looking for hypocrisy when there is none on November 13, 2012 at 10:23 PM · Report this
Big surprise that a puppeteer is a pedophile.. just sayin'
Posted by Erok on November 14, 2012 at 12:32 AM · Report this
Sandiai 27
@24. I'm very careful about that. So far they've been clueless.
Posted by Sandiai on November 16, 2012 at 2:59 AM · Report this

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