Kevin Clash, the voice of Elmo from Sesame Street has taken a leave of absence from Sesame Street due to allegations of having a sexual affair with an underage boy. Supposedly Kevin had a seven-year sexual relationship with a 23-year-old man who claims he started having sex with Kevin when he was 16. Kevin insists he started his relationship with the accuser after he turned 18. The Sesame Street Workshop people told TMZ, “In June of this year, Sesame Workshop received a communication from a young man who alleged that he had a relationship with Kevin Clash beginning when he was 16-years-old. This was a personal relationship, unrelated to the workplace. We took the allegation very seriously and took immediate action.”
This is all blowing up because the accuser is claiming that the Sesame Street lawyers were trying to muzzle him when he came forward with the initial allegations, so the accuser went and got a high profile law firm, Andreozzi and Associates (the people that represented one of the victims from The Jerry Sandusky case). The Sesame Street people said they never tried to silence the accuser, rather asked for evidence to support his claim–which he never came forward with. Anyway, the latest is- the accuser now says he has an email from Kevin from his Sesame Street work email acknowledging he had the affair with the accuser when he was 16. YIKES. The Sesame Street peeps told TMZ, “Kevin insists that these allegations are false and defamatory and he has taken actions to protect his reputation. We have granted him a leave of absence to do so.” And Kevin told TMZ, “I had a relationship with [the accuser]. It was between two consenting adults and I am deeply saddened that he is trying to make it into something it was not.”
I hope none of this is true. It feels like the accuser is just trying to suck money out of Sesame Street and Kevin. And isn’t it crazy that it’s all just coming out now after the minor success of Kevin’s documentary, Being Elmo?
Although comedy is her profession, Nadine has accomplished a lot in her young age. She is a national champion black belt, a world-class soccer player, and an avid snowboarder. She started playing soccer at the age of 4, and continued playing through college where she majored in Biology, but quickly realized her destiny was to tell jokes, not to wear a lab coat. So she decided to be funny while finishing her Bachelors Degree in biology and continued on to get her M.B.A. Nadine’s comedy style is much like her athleticism, fearless. She’s made her way up the comedy ladder very quickly, and has become a club favorite at many of the country’s top comedy clubs, including the Improv chain. Performing in the Boston Comedy Festival and being noted as the “one of the youngest and brightest up and comers” and traveling to the Middle East to entertain the troops are just a few of her notable accomplishments. These days Nadine splits time between the stage, a radio studio, her computer blogging, and a television studio. Nadine’s TV, Radio, Writing credits include: national commercials, talking head roles on E! Entertainment, Showtime’s Hot Tamales Live, The Skinny: Fat Free News, The Sunny Side of The Truth: Real World Hollywood, TVgasm, Zazreport, Daddy’s Girls, Jerseylicious, celebrity interviews on Mania TV, a weekly half-hour television show that syndicates to colleges across the country for National Lampoon and a nightly radio show on XM Satellite Radio.