Elmo Puppeteer On Leave Following Child Molestation Accusations

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First the BBC, then CIA, then Lockheed... and now Elmo!? AP reports, that: "The puppeteer who performs as Elmo on "Sesame Street" is taking a leave of absence from the popular kids' show in the wake of allegations that he had a relationship with a 16-year-old boy. Sesame Workshop said puppeteer Kevin Clash denies the charges, which were first made in June by the alleged partner, who by then was 23. "We took the allegation very seriously and took immediate action," Sesame Workshop said in a statement issued Monday. "We met with the accuser twice and had repeated communications with him. We met with Kevin, who denied the accusation."" And yes, it appears that even for those who have their hand up Elmo all day long, nothing is sacred any more. The silver lining: Kevin Clash was not scheduled to testify on Benghazi.

From AP:

The organization said its investigation found the allegation of underage conduct to be unsubstantiated. But it said Clash exercised "poor judgment" and was disciplined for violating company policy regarding Internet usage. It offered no details.


"I had a relationship with (the accuser)," Clash told TMZ. "It was between two consenting adults and I am deeply saddened that he is trying to make it into something it was not."


At his request, Clash has been granted a leave of absence in order to "protect his reputation," Sesame Workshop said.


No further explanation was provided, nor was the duration of his leave specified.


"Elmo is bigger than any one person and will continue to be an integral part of 'Sesame Street' to engage, educate and inspire children around the world, as it has for 40 years," Sesame Workshop said in its statement.


"Sesame Street" is currently in production, but other puppeteers are prepared to fill in for Clash during his absence, according to a person close to the show who spoke on condition of anonymity because that person was not authorized to publicly discuss details about the show's production.


"Elmo will still be a part of the shows being produced," that person said.

If nothing else, this latest episode of America being unable to hold it in its pants (potentially illegally) certainly gives "Big Bird" (whose funding is now safe) a very different context...

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Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:56 | 2972889 Tinky
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Tickle me?

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:57 | 2972894 francis_sawyer
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on 2nd thought... DON'T...

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 13:10 | 2972978 TruthInSunshine
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Elmo expected alleged routine prostate exams from Tom Stolper of Goldman Sachs or various JP Morgan analysts, but even Elmo grew skeptical of daily anal examinations by Kevin Clash, who unlike employees of Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, The New York Branch of the Federal Reserve, or editorialists for The New York Times, is not licensed to commit sodomy.


Elmo will never fall for the "look, it's Mr. Noodle's brother, Mr. Noodle," or the "we feel GroupOn offers compelling value at what equals its IPO-day intraday low" scam again.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 13:32 | 2972997 knukles
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The new busy comment:

"I'm up to my elbows in assholes."

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 13:38 | 2973129 redpill
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You didn't molest that!

In candy factories they tell the workers they can eat as much of the product as they want because they know they will quickly tire of eating so many sweets.

Too bad that doesn't work with child molestors.  I guess Sandusky is getting a room mate.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 13:41 | 2973173 spentCartridge
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What about brewery workers?

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 13:54 | 2973233 Popo
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Not that it's not criminal... but I believe the term for this act is "Underage sex" and not "Child molestation".  

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 14:00 | 2973255 redpill
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Can't wait for the "Elmo is HIV positive" episode on Sesame Street

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 14:11 | 2973292 knukles
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And what ObamaDon'tCare ain't gonna do about it.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 14:20 | 2973328 MillionDollarBogus_
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Does the left hand know what the right hand is doing...???

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 14:23 | 2973333 Bastiat
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Elmo's gonna need therapy.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 14:30 | 2973363 fourchan
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surprise surprise

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 14:37 | 2973400 SAT 800
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"Laughter is the best medicine", according to the Readers' Digest.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 14:43 | 2973427 DaveyJones
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Come and play
Everything's A-OK

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 19:34 | 2974450 A Lunatic
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Brokeback Elmo..........

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 14:40 | 2973414 SAT 800
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I look forward to seeing your posts; you get off some good ones.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 15:36 | 2973624 Dixie Rect
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He thought it was Diddle me Elmo

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 16:39 | 2973836 eatthebanksters
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You know there is a cover up going on....Big Bird definitely knew what was up!

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 13:58 | 2973249 12ToothAssassin
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Is he also a member of CFR?

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 14:14 | 2973308 redpill
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I think in the Samuel Adams corporate offices they are still allowed to drink on the job.  The actual brewery workers though can't due to safety/product quality issues.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 14:33 | 2973379 SAT 800
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!! LOL. Well, apparently it was a children's show with an "adult" under-current, so to speak.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 13:11 | 2973000 Precious
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I did not have sex with that muppet.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 13:31 | 2973112 Fidel Sarcastro
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"I did not have sex with that muppet."...correct, the government did it for you.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 13:22 | 2973070 vast-dom
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grown men playing with muppets all day......anyone expect anything less than rape charges, dropped? 

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 13:39 | 2973158 redpill
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NEVER trust anyone who refers to themselves in the third person.

This includes Elmo and Bob Dole.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 14:44 | 2973429 SAT 800
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I've found that's a pretty good principle; also of course, I agree with your two examples. When George, (mental cripple) Bush referred to himself as "the decider"; I groaned to think what had become of our nation. But then I didn't know about the Kenyan poster boy for early term abortions yet.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 19:28 | 2974435 redpill
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I don't understand why some of these crotchety free thinkers don't like choosing between Team DeadBaby and Team EndlessWar

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 15:00 | 2973489 kliguy38
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but but......watta bout "Turd Ferguson"

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 15:03 | 2973500 DaveyJones
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at least Dole has Alzheimers as a defense 

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 16:42 | 2973838 eatthebanksters
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I heard Kermit is going down for abusing Miss Piggy...btw, if this turns out to be true I hope they either into population or in a cell with Jerry Sandusky.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 18:56 | 2974309 CaptainObvious
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This doesn't surprise me in the slightest.  You have to wonder about a man who spends years getting paid to stick his hand up a little boy Muppet's ass all day long.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 13:12 | 2972980 Precious
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Here's how America can clean up its entertainment:


Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:58 | 2972900 knukles
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Gives new meaning to fisting.



And a really bad visual..............

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 13:02 | 2972938 Cheesy Bastard
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"Elmo is bigger than any one person...

Unfortunate choice of words.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 14:46 | 2973441 SAT 800
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Hey, he was a hand pupeteer; what did you'all expect.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 13:17 | 2973038 williambanzai7
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Mon, 11/12/2012 - 13:24 | 2973067 TruthInSunshine
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When Cookie Monster is done, he's very unambigous about it.

Poor Elmo. Everyone is taking a shot at him these days. It's entirely possible Sesame Street is sex-trafficking him.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 13:35 | 2973134 williambanzai7
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BTW, we live in a time when one can google Elmo Sex Tape knowing, with the highest degree of confidence, that something like this will turn up in the search results.

This is what we have invented in the US. ;-)

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 15:54 | 2973153 TruthInSunshine
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Yes. I found this after you posted it on TMZ's website, and there's a new & disgusting definition of "milk'n'cookies" at Urban Dictionary now.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 19:22 | 2974421 Cathartes Aura
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porn culture, working as intended. . .

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 13:48 | 2973210 TideFighter
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I'm tired of these Justin Bieber stories.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 14:03 | 2973263 Chuck Walla
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Mon, 11/12/2012 - 15:12 | 2973535 SAT 800
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"elmo is bigger than any one person--" ?? Oh, really. Now, that's interesting.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 16:41 | 2973841 Rathmullan
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romney was right about one thing: pull the plug on the pedophiles (cept "Big Bird")

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 18:49 | 2974293 August
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Let me asssure you that the Sesame Street Workshop, and affiliates, take the homosexual age of consent very seriously.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:57 | 2972893 orca
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Mitt was on to something.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 14:16 | 2973316 ebworthen
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The release of this story delayed so as not to affect Big Bird voters.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 14:23 | 2973332 redpill
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It's official, the government sponsors child molestation.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 15:02 | 2973496 Supernova Born
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Elmo's other world.

Bring out the "bird".

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