Celebrity News

Kevin Clash, ex-Elmo Puppeteer Relieved as 3 Sex Abuse Cases Dismissed
Download PDF
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading...

On Monday, a federal court in New York dismissed three separate lawsuits brought by men accusing ex-Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash of having sexually abused them while underage. The lawsuits were not dismissed on merits or evidence, but upon the lawsuits being time-barred by the statute of limitations.

While dismissing the lawsuits, U.S. District Judge John G. Koeltl observed that the claims came more than six years after the time by which the men claiming abuse would have realized that their physical and emotional injuries were caused by their alleged abuse by Clash. The judge also took into consideration the fact that each of the complainants had reached the age of eighteen more than three years before they filed their lawsuits.

  
What
Where


Right now, only one case remains pending in Pennsylvania against Clash.

Kevin Clash had been the puppeteer for Elmo in the “Sesame Street” television show and had resigned from the show in November last year, after a college student sued him for more than $5 million. The student, Cecil Singleton, alleged that Clash had sex with him when Singleton was only 15 years old.

Singleton’s lawsuit was among those dismissed on Monday.

Get JD Journal in Your Mail

Subscribe to our FREE daily news alerts and get the latest updates on the most happening events in the legal, business, and celebrity world. You also get your daily dose of humor and entertainment!!




In New York, it is a felony for a person of the age of 21 years or above to have sex with a person of or below the age of 17 years.

The lawyers for the plaintiffs whose lawsuits were dismissed said they were planning for appeal.



Jeff Herman, a lawyer for the plaintiffs said the statute of limitations was “an arbitrary timeline that silences victims … the need for a window in New York to allow the victims to have their day in court.”

Clash’s lawyer, Michael G. Berger issued a statement welcoming the decision of the court. He stated, “our goal has been to put these spurious claims behind him, so that Kevin can go about the business of reclaiming his personal life and his professional standing.”



 

Interesting Legal Sites You May Like


BCG FEATURED JOB

Locations:

Keyword:



Search Now

Mid-level Litigation Attorney

USA-CA-San Francisco

San Francisco office is seeking a mid-level litigation attorney with experience taking/defending dep...

Apply Now

Trust and Estate Attorney

USA-NY-New York City

Boutique trust and estate firm is seeking an attorney with 7+ years of experience. Candidate should ...

Apply Now

Mid-level Litigation Attorney

USA-CA-San Francisco

San Francisco office is seeking a support attorney with some experience/familiarity with a litigatio...

Apply Now

Attorney

USA-WV-Wheeling

Wheeling office of our client seeks attorney preferably with 1-3 years of WV litigation experience. ...

Apply Now

RELEVANT JOBS

Associate Attorney

USA-NJ-Princeton

An Associate Attorney is sought for a growing real estate, trusts and estate planning firm in Prince...

Apply now

Associate - Mid-Level - GL Group

USA-NY-Valhalla

Defense firm seeking mid-level associate for Westchester office to fill General Liability position. ...

Apply now

Mortgage Compliance Analyst

USA-MN-Minnetonka

Job Description: Rubicon Mortgage Advisors LLC, a locally-owned, boutique mortgage lender is seeki...

Apply now

Litigation Legal Assistant

USA-CA-Los Angeles

Qualifications: Candidate should have 2+ years of previous experience supporting multiple atto...

Apply now

SEARCH IN ARCHIVE

To Top