Kevin Clash the voice of the Iconic Sesame Street puppet Elmo, has been implicated in scandal that involves him having a relationship with a young man when this young man was only 16 years old. The young name who’s name has not been released to protect his identity but the young man who is now 24 years old claims that he and Clash engaged in a sexual relationship during the time the young man was still a 16 year old minor. Now none of these have been substantiated at this point due to a sufficient lack of evidence of the relationship actually taking place during the young mans teen years, however clash has admitted to a relationship with the accuser but states that the entire relationship took place when they young man was over the age of 18 when both parties were consenting adults.
Clash has been suspended from the show not due to the allegations but due to email communications that Clash had with the young man that did not detail any information about the relationship but due to the fact that it was personal interaction through the use of company email. After an email conversation between the accuser and Clash, the accuser met with sesame street and subsequently hired an attorney because he felt the show executives were trying to silence him. The courts have at this point decided that there is insufficient evidence to prove the relationship took place while the accuser was underage but the accuser sates that he will pursue his case.
Below is a link to a TMZ article with a little more detail about the case.