It’s a little late in the game, but one of Kevin Clash’s adult lovers has come forward to defend the former Sesame Street puppeteer after several young men accused him of underage sex.
“Kevin is not a villain,” Jason Murray told Eonline! “Yes, he had an affinity for younger men, but what successful [straight] man doesn’t have an affinity for younger women? It’s the same thing, gay or not.”
Murray continued: “Does he prey on these [boys]? In my heart I don’t believe that.”
He added: “I think it’s like Hugh Hefner, he dates younger women,” said Murray. “Kevin likes younger guys.” But, “I am reading the news and all the negative stuff. I don’t see it. He had a good heart.”
Clash, 52, who provided the voice of Elmo for 2 decades, took a leave of absence after a man came forward claiming he was 16 when he had sexual trysts with Clash. After repeated denials, Clash paid his accuser $125,000 to recant his accusation.
Clash later resigned from Sesame Street when a second accuser surfaced. A third accuser has since stepped forward with similar claims of underage sex.
Sesame Workshop, the company that produces Sesame Street, called the gay controversy “a distraction that none of us want.”
Clash is a divorced father of a grown daughter.
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