July 1, 2013 |
A federal judge in Manhattan dismissed three sexual abuse lawsuits brought against former Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash on Monday, saying the men had exceeded a six-year statute of limitations in filing their complaints. Judge John Koeltl threw out the suits brought by Cecil Singleton, Kevin Kiadii and a third, unnamed accuser. Clash, 52, resigned in November after 28 years portraying the beloved character on “Sesame Street,” amid allegations he'd engaged in sexual relationships with underage boys.
November 20, 2012 |
Kevin Clash, the puppeteer who has provided the voice of Elmo on “Sesame Street” for the better part of the last three decades, has resigned amid allegations of an inappropriate relationship with a teenage boy. In a statement released Tuesday, Sesame Workshop announced that Clash would not be returning to his job with the long-running children's program, calling it “a sad day for 'Sesame Street.' ” “None of us, especially Kevin,...
November 13, 2012 |
The unnamed man who accused Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash of pursuing an underage sexual relationship with him when he was just 16 has recanted his story. Andreozzi & Associates, the law firm representing the 23-year-old accuser, released a statement today denying the charges. “He wants it to be known that his sexual relationship with Mr. Clash was an adult consensual relationship. He will have no further comment on the matter.” The law firm did not disclose the identity of their client.
March 12, 2009 |
Wednesday was not a sunny day on "Sesame Street." Jobs, not clouds, got swept away. Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization that produces the venerable children's series, cut about 20% of its workforce because of the recession. "After careful review, we have concluded that we will have to operate with fewer resources in order to achieve our strategic priorities," the New York-based company said. It said 67 of 355 staff positions were eliminated. Sesame Workshop receives income from product licensing and the sale of "Sesame Street" and other programs to the Public Broadcasting Service and overseas syndication.
May 14, 2008 |
In an updated blast from the past, PBS will air a new version of the 1970s children's series "The Electric Company." The series, aimed at reducing the literacy gap between low- and middle-income families, will promote the idea that "reading is cool" with help from online and community-based activities, Sesame Workshop said. Weekly episodes of "The Electric Company" are scheduled to air nationally in January on PBS Kids.
August 8, 2002 |
Children's network Nickelodeon doubled the size of its Noggin, buying out the other 50% of the educational cable channel seen in 25 million homes from joint venture partner Sesame Workshop. Nickelodeon, a unit of media giant Viacom Inc., wants to use Noggin to further sell the benefits of digital cable. Cable networks are betting that as digital cable reaches more homes, niche channels will gain a wider audience.