Elmo Puppeteer Cleared of Sexual Abuse Charges

Actor Kevin Clash attends the 2010 AFTRA AMEE Awards at The Grand Ballroom at The Plaza Hotel on February 22, 2010 in New York City.
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The U.S. Court of Appeals has thrown out three pending cases, upholding a New York judge’s ruling from last summer, against 53-year-old Kevin Clash, who played Elmo on Sesame Street for 28 years before the allegations surfaced from multiple men who said they were underage when they first met the puppeteer. “The case was dismissed because of the statute of limitations. There is no ruling on the merits,” said plaintiffs’ attorney Jeff Herman, who is now representing the accuser in a similar case involving director Bryan Singer.