Disturbing allegations against the former longtime Sesame Street favorite Elmo puppeteer have surfaced via a bombshell new report.
Not everyone is tickled by the alleged behavior of former Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash.
The workplace allegations against the former Sesame Street luminary surfaced via a bombshell report in The Hollywood Reporter.
A puppeteer who worked on the set of the Disney+ series Earth to Ned told the publication that on his first day of employment in November 2019, another wrestler advised him to avoid Clash, 61.
The seasoned professional reportedly warned the other worker never to approach Clash directly.
“Among the other puppeteers, he’s known to be very bubbly and kind,” the wrestler told THR. “But when it comes to wranglers, I’ve been told he tends to be condescending and mean.”
The wrangler would later encounter Clash’s hot temper, claiming that the latter yelled at him on set.
“He yelled at me for leaving a voicemail as Elmo for someone’s kid,” he told the reporter. “I think I was standing too close to him. He told me to “shut up”.
Clash and the Jim Henson Company, which produced the show, have yet to respond to the reporter regarding the charges. The Post has also reached out to Clash and the company for comment.
sesame street Puppeteer, writer, and director Joey Mazzarino discussed his own moments with Clash, which didn’t line up with rumors about his temper.
“My experience with Kevin is that he’s super generous, always showing new artists how to be a puppeteer, happy to make you laugh in the scene, and just super helpful,” he said.
He worked his hand through Elmo and voiced the creature on sesame street from 1984 to 2012. He quit the show in 2012 after four men filed lawsuits against him alleging sexual abuse.
Although he denied the allegations, Clash was accused of having sex with the individuals when they were underage. However, due to the statute of limitations, the cases were dropped.
Clash worked as a puppeteer for the Jim Henson Company on several projects, including the 2018 film The Happy Murdersthe Netflix series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, AppleTV Fraggle Rock: back to the rock and Earth to Ned.
This story originally appeared on Page Six and is republished here with permission.
Originally published as Scandal rocks man behind beloved Elmo puppet