Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Elmo Puppeteer Resigns

Just when it appeared that he had gotten by the apparently false accusation of sexual relations with a minor, another filed suit. NPR doesn't provide enough details to make even a guess as to the legitimacy of the accusations. Details are lacking.

The New York Times tells us that the first accuser is 24. He has remained anonymous which in a decision to file a lawsuit reflect poorly on his credibility. It is told too that in the second case the 'abuse' occurred over a decade ago. Thus, there is the issue of veracity of the claims when so much time has passed. The fact that there was deep pockets - Sesame Workshop - also detracts from the credibility of the accusers.

Sesame Workshop chose not to believe the first accuser who subsequently recanted, although it is reported that he changed his mind. "Sesame Workshop said it took the allegation "very seriously" and had taken "immediate action," but after an investigation, which included interviews with Clash and his accuser, found the claims to be "unsubstantiated." [Elmo Actor Kevin Clash Resigns Amid Sex Allegation].

Whatever the outcome - Kevin Clash's career is finished. It will be more than a tragedy if the accusations are false. If so, the media's coverage of this will likely be sparse. Getting the truth out is not always a priority.

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