Cecil Singleton — one of the two men who levied allegations that precipitated Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash’s resignation from Sesame Workshop today — is suing the former voice of the beloved furry red monster for $5 million dollars, filing a salacious lawsuit that details an alleged torrid affair Singleton claimed occurred when he was just 15.
Cecil Singleton is no longer an underage boy, and an original report had the alleged abuse occurring nearly 20 years ago, back in 1993. The report has since been amended and attributed to a typo, with Singleton now 24 and not 34, as was originally reported.
Kevin Clash’s second accuser Cecil Singleton came forward today, publicly, a week after a first younger man accused Clash of engaging in inappropriate relations with him when he was a minor.
Sheldon Stephens, now also in his 20s, says that the Elmo puppeteer dated and romanced him when he was just 16, though Clash said the relationship occurred when Stephens was an adult and was mutually consensual. Stephens originally recanted his story, but soon claimed he had been paid off to keep quiet and restated the allegations.
Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash’s resignation came earlier today, just as the Cecil Singleton allegations were breaking. A lawyer for the alleged victim provided a picture of him to TMZ, which many have pointed out is an unusual move for sex abuse victim reporting their story.