Kevin Clash, the former Elmo puppeteer who turned in his resignation amid allegations that he had sexually abused underage boys, has won three Daytime Emmy Awards for his work on Sesame Street.
He won as outstanding performer in a children’s series at the creative arts ceremony, which was held on Friday night. He won trophies for outstanding pre-school children’s series and directing in a children’s series.
In total, Clash has won 26 Daytime Emmys for his work on Sesame Street throughout his career.
Clash played Elmo for 28 years before quitting last November. His lawyer has said that the lawsuits and allegations against him are warrantless.
Michael Berger said in a recent statement that his client denies any wrongdoing, and that Clash had engaged in an adult consensual relationship with one of his accusers.
Three others are also suing Clash, saying that he sexually abused them as minors.
Sheldon Stephens, one of Clash’s accusers, first made the allegations last year. He later recanted in light of the possibility of a settlement, but one was never reached. He claims that he was 22 when his relationship with Clash ended. He is now 24.
“When I started to realize my nieces were idolizing this character, it just disgusted me inside because I knew what had happened to me,” he said.
He said that he only decided to take action after watching Sesame Street with his young nieces.
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