Wednesday, November 21, 2012

This Whole Kevin Clash Thing? What a Mess.

Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street? Remember that song? With the whole Kevin Clash saga going on, it's more like Can you tell me how to get, get away from Sesame Street?

Kevin Clash, the voice of Elmo on Sesame Street, was initially accused by one male of the pair having an illegal sexual relationship while the accuser was underage. Evidence showed that the pair did have a relationship - but after the accuser turned 18. That was only the tangible evidence at that point. Kevin Clash denied all allegations of wrongdoing and paid off the accuser to shut his mouth. The original accuser, a wannabe model with a criminal past, didn't seem that credible, so Kevin could have been off the hook...if the accuser decided to recant his story and stick with it. Which he didn't.

So, you've got this guy, who said Kevin did stuff with him, then took it back, then said it again. That sounds...inconsistent.

So then walks in Cecil Singleton, who said that he and Clash never had sex while he was underage, but they did some groping and dry humping, and how he wants $5 million in damages. It sounds a little opportunistic, but if this is true, it's pretty screwed up. Clash, at this point, stepped down from his role on Sesame Street, which was a really good idea, but also sort of seemed like an admission of guilt.

So, here's the thing - I believe Kevin Clash did have an interest in, um, young men. And I think that's a pretty solid reason not to be a star on a children's television program. But I do question whether it can be proven that he technically did anything illegal, and that might get the accusers caught in a bind in court. Was he immoral? ABSOLUTELY. Trolling on underage people is not okay, no matter what. But if he technically didn't have sexual contact with either man - or it can't be proven - the guys don't have a case. It's kind of like what went down in some high profile cases in the past (think OJ Simpson's trial) - if you can't prove it, you've got nothing. Which makes me question the motive behind the actions of the two accusers. What do they really want? Justice? Or fame and money? This trial could have been kept much quieter than it was if they truly just wanted justice.

I hope the two accusers are simply seeking cash and fame, and if they are, the truth will set Kevin Clash free. Unfortunately, being that Kevin did have relationships with both men when they were of age, it's not looking too good. I do hope that the guys are just looking for their 15 minutes in the sun and none of this is true, but...well, I just don't know at this point. Thoughts?

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