Kevin Clash accuser Cecil Singleton, the second man to come forward regarding an inappropriate relationship withthe Elmo puppeteer, says he is “happy” and “relieved” now that Clash has resigned from his position at Sesame Street.
According to Cecil, more damage could have been done to the children’s show’s reputation had Clash been allowed to keep his position of 27 years following his recently alleged sexual scandals.
Immediately following Singleton’s $5 million lawsuit filing, Kevin Clash announced his immediate resignation.
In the filed lawsuit, Singleton claims that Clash prayed on him as a child so he could “satisfy his depraved sexual interests.”
Just like Kevin Clash’s first accuser, Singleton claims that the Sesame Street puppeteer tried to conceal their relationship, which started in 2003. Cecil says of Clash’s meetings with him:
“It was essential to him that I not find out who he actually was.”
It wasn’t until after Kevin Clash’s first accuser came forward that Cecil Singleton said he gained the courage to come forward and file his own lawsuit.
In the meantime, Cecil’s lawyer says he has already talked to other men with the same claims. Cecil’s lawyer believes more lawsuits will eventually be filed in the wake of recent discoveries.
While Kevin Clash is no longer a longtime member of the Sesame Street team, the legacy of Elmo lives on with stores selling out of popular Elmo toys just in time for Christmas.
Do you think the Elmo legacy will live on without the furry red muppets creator sitting behind the scenes?