Former Elmo actor Kevin Clash says alleged victims have 'no right' to sue him

By Gavriella Tjandra,

The former voice and puppeteer of Elmo from Sesame Street, Kevin Clash, wants the sexual abuse cases against him to be dismissed, due to statute of limitations.

Clash, who resigned from his role as Elmo because of the cases, said that the statute of limitations of the crime is six years, and the alleged crimes occurred more than ten years ago, TMZ reported.

His lawyer, Michael Berger, also says in the lawsuit E! News obtained, "There are two applicable types of statutes of limitations, a six-year one based on when the right of action has accrued, and a three-year one based on when the alleged victim turned eighteen and was therefore no longer under the disability of being a minor."

Kevin Clash has been sued by three men with similar cases - they claim Clash engaged in sexual activities with them when they were minors, resulting in psychological damage.

The first man, Cecil Singleton, said the sexual activity with Clash occurred in 2003 when he was 15. Singleton admits that he did not realize that such an activity was a crime that would result in psychological damages, until 2012.

The second man, referred to as John Doe, admits having a similar encounter when he was 16 in 2000.

The third plaintiff, S.M., said he was 16 or 17 when Clash engaged in an inappropriate relationship with him in the mid-1990s.

The Sesame Street star previously denied the alleged accusations, saying that they are complete lies.



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