Sesame Workshop announced on Tuesday that Kevin Clash, the long-time puppeteer of Elmo, has resigned. In its statement Tuesday, Sesame Workshop said "the controversy surrounding Kevin's personal life has become a distraction that none of us want," leading Clash to conclude "that he can no longer be effective in his job."
As the announcement was made, AP's Frazier Moore reported (external - login to view) “a lawsuit was being filed in federal court in New York charging Clash with sexual abuse of a second youth. The lawsuit alleges that Cecil Singleton, then 15 and now an adult, was persuaded by Clash to meet for sexual encounters. The lawsuit seeks damages in excess of $5 million.”
BREAKING: Elmo Puppeteer Kevin Clash Resigns from 'Sesame Street': New Suit Adds Second Allegation of Underage Sex | NewsBusters.org (external - login to view)