Judge tosses three underage sex lawsuits accusing Elmo creator Kevin Clash
Three lawsuits accusing former Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash met a quick end on Monday when a federal judge threw out the cases of three men accusing Clash of sexually abusing them while they were underage. Not that it will make you feel any better about your kid's Tickle Me Elmo or anything.
Federal jusge Kevin Koeltl ruled Monday the claims had come too late, more than six years after each man should have realized they had been taken advantage of before the age of consent, the AP reports. Each suit also came more than three years after each man's 18th birthday.
"The complaints in these cases were filed more than six years after the defendant's conduct with each plaintiff ended," Koeltl ruled, according to the New York Daily News. The argument that the statute of limitations shouldn't matter because the three men didn't realize they'd experienced mental harm didn't apply because "they were aware of the facts that while minors, the defendant had engaged in sexual activities with them in violation of one or more federal statutes."
Cecil Singleton, now 24, started the round of allegations in November, suing Clash for $5 million and accusing Clash, now 53, of having sex with him when Singleton was 15. The allegations led Clash to resign from Sesame Street.
Singleton's suit was thrown out, as was one by Kevin Kiadii, who said he was 16 when Clash brought him to his apartment and had relations. A third suit by a plaintiff listed as John Doe was tossed, as well. At least one more suit is still pending.