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By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | September 25, 2010
You have to hand it to Elmo. That little red Muppet sure knows how to work a crowd. "Elmo love coming to Baltimore," he shouted in that squeaky, happy voice of his to a gym full of tiny kids sitting on exercise mats at John Eager Howard Elementary School. And the kids went wild at hearing "love" and the name of their hometown as the first words coming out of the mouth of the manic character they watch every morning on public TV. Elmo and the celebrated puppeteer who brings him to life, Baltimore native Kevin Clash, came to the school recently to promote PBS KIDS Raising Readers, a national literacy project that shares some of the same core goals as "Sesame Street" when it launched in 1969.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | April 23, 2014
The U.S. Court of Appeals in March upheld a judge's decision last summer to dismiss three sexual abuse cases against Kevin Clash, the Dundalk native who served as the voice of Sesame Street's "Elmo" puppet. In affirming the lower court's ruling, the appeals court said it "considered all the plaintiff's arguments relevant to the accrual of their claims under the discovery rule and find them to be without merit," according to court documents filed last week by Clash's lawyer, Michael G. Berger.
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By Michael Sragow, The Baltimore Sun | November 13, 2011
When Kevin Clash was a boy in Baltimore County, he'd watch TV mere inches from the screen and wish he could walk right into "Sesame Street. " It didn't take him long to get there. At 15, the kid from Turners Station became the regular puppeteer on a WMAR kids show. At 19, he performed as Cookie Monster in the Sesame Street float at the 1979 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and that night met his hero, Muppet creator Jim Henson. "Sesame Street" hired Clash in his early 20s. Before he turned 25, he took a gravel-throated red fur-ball and imbued him with a loving nature, a piping voice and a rapscallion innocence.
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July 4, 2013
I like Elmo as much as anyone else, but Kevin Clash was not "cleared of sexual abuse claims" as some in the media have stated ("3 sex-abuse suits against Clash, Elmo's voice, tossed," July 2). He was not exonerated or proven not guilty. The plaintiffs did not recant. The cases were dismissed in New York because the statute of limitations for civil damages in cases of sexual abuse of a minor must be brought within five years of the sexual offense. In New York, if someone doesn't heal enough within five years to be ready to identify their experience as abuse, understand its impact, realize they are not at fault, dissolve the shame they carry, feel their anger, find an attorney, and be prepared to confront their perpetrator and his or her attorney in public, they are denied their day in court.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | April 2, 2013
A fifth man has filed a lawsuit against Kevin Clash, the former voice of Elmo on "Sesame Street," making sex abuse allegations similar to those of four other plaintiffs. Kevin Kiadii, now 25, of New York, alleges that he was 16 when he and Clash engaged in sexual contact after meeting on a gay phone chat line. According to the lawsuit, Clash initiated contact with Kiadii on the chat line in 2004, invited him to his New York apartment and sent a luxury car service to pick Kiadii up in Brooklyn.
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By Jill Rosen and Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | November 20, 2012
Kevin Clash, the Baltimore-born puppeteer who was the voice behind the beloved "Sesame Street" character Elmo, resigned Tuesday in the wake of allegations that he had sex with minors. Though a man who'd accused Clash last week of having underage sex recanted, Clash released a short statement saying he was leaving the show with sadness after another accuser emerged. "I am resigning from Sesame Workshop with a very heavy heart," he said. "I have loved every day of my 28 years working for this exceptional organization.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2012
A fourth accuser is coming forward to claim he engaged in underage sex with former "Sesame Street" puppeteer Kevin Clash. On Monday, Florida-based attorney Jeff Herman filed his third lawsuit alleging that Clash, now 52, engaged in sex with minors. Herman also has filed suits on behalf of two of the previous three accusers. All three cases allege civil — in other words, noncriminal — violations, and are pending in the Southern District of New York. All three seek unspecified damages.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | March 19, 2013
Sheldon Stephens, the first man to claim that “Sesame Street” puppeteer Kevin Clash had an underage relationship with him, filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the former voice of Elmo. Stephens is the fourth man to sue the Turners Station native, but in November he was the first to make his allegations public. Clash, 52, has denied all of the allegations. He has said he and Stephens had a relationship after Stephens became an adult. Stephens soon retracted his claim, calling the relationship adult and consensual.
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By Rob Hiaasen and Rob Hiaasen,Sun Staff Writer | September 18, 1994
New York -- He was a shy, serious boy growing up in a poor Baltimore County household where neighborhood kids teased him about staying inside and playing with dolls.They weren't dolls. They were puppets, and he made hundreds of them out of bedroom slippers, the fleece lining of coats and anything else he could find. Made them dance and joke and sing, as he lip-synced to records -- even Barry Manilow records.Kevin Clash discovered it doesn't necessarily take money or other middle-class advantages to spark a talent.
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By Michael Hill and Michael Hill,Evening Sun Staff | November 25, 1991
Thanks go to the many callers who pointed out an error in Accent's story yesterday about Kevin Clash, the puppeteer who does the character of Baby on ABC's "Dinosaurs." Clash is a resident of Catonsville, but he is originally from the other side of town: He's a native of Turner's Station. The Evening Sun regrets the error.HOLLYWOOD IS all about making magic, but on Stage 18 on the MTM Studio lot in Southern California, it is a crazy kind of magic that they make.Behind the door that says "Closed Set: Authorized Personnel Only," past all the cables and wires and chairs and antennas, up there under the bright lights, the prehistoric, postmodern creatures that populate ABC's "Dinosaurs" come to their own peculiar form of telegenic life.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | April 2, 2013
A fifth man has filed a lawsuit against Kevin Clash, the former voice of Elmo on "Sesame Street," making sex abuse allegations similar to those of four other plaintiffs. Kevin Kiadii, now 25, of New York, alleges that he was 16 when he and Clash engaged in sexual contact after meeting on a gay phone chat line. According to the lawsuit, Clash initiated contact with Kiadii on the chat line in 2004, invited him to his New York apartment and sent a luxury car service to pick Kiadii up in Brooklyn.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | March 19, 2013
Sheldon Stephens, the first man to claim that “Sesame Street” puppeteer Kevin Clash had an underage relationship with him, filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the former voice of Elmo. Stephens is the fourth man to sue the Turners Station native, but in November he was the first to make his allegations public. Clash, 52, has denied all of the allegations. He has said he and Stephens had a relationship after Stephens became an adult. Stephens soon retracted his claim, calling the relationship adult and consensual.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2012
A fourth accuser is coming forward to claim he engaged in underage sex with former "Sesame Street" puppeteer Kevin Clash. On Monday, Florida-based attorney Jeff Herman filed his third lawsuit alleging that Clash, now 52, engaged in sex with minors. Herman also has filed suits on behalf of two of the previous three accusers. All three cases allege civil — in other words, noncriminal — violations, and are pending in the Southern District of New York. All three seek unspecified damages.
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By Jill Rosen and Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | November 20, 2012
Kevin Clash, the Baltimore-born puppeteer who was the voice behind the beloved "Sesame Street" character Elmo, resigned Tuesday in the wake of allegations that he had sex with minors. Though a man who'd accused Clash last week of having underage sex recanted, Clash released a short statement saying he was leaving the show with sadness after another accuser emerged. "I am resigning from Sesame Workshop with a very heavy heart," he said. "I have loved every day of my 28 years working for this exceptional organization.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | November 19, 2012
A claim that "Sesame Street" puppeteer Kevin Clash had sex with a minor has been withdrawn. The 23-year-old man who had said he was 16 when he began a romantic relationship with Clash - the voice of Elmo - recanted Tuesday through his attorney. The brief statement from the Harrisburg, Pa., law firm of Andreozzi & Associates reads in its entirety: "This office represented the 23-year-old man who was the subject of many media reports regarding Kevin Clash. He wants it to be known that his sexual relationship with Mr. Clash was an adult consensual relationship.
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