Kevin Clash steps down as Elmo’s puppeteer!

And now for the saddest thing you’ll hear all day: after his first accuser conveniently changed his story when he was dropped by his original legal reps over his shady past, Kevin Clash has stepped down as the puppeteer for Elmo after a second man came forward claiming he had an underage relationship with Clash as well, conveniently changing his story over a “typo.” Mmmm-hmmmm. TMZ reports …

Among the allegations, Singleton claims, “[Clash] trolled gay telephone chat line rooms to meet and have sex with underage boys.” In the lawsuit, filed in federal court in NYC, Singleton claims Clash “groomed [the accuser] to gain his trust by, among other things, taking him to nice dinners and giving him money.” Singleton claims while Clash was featured on “Sesame Street,” he was “preying on teenage boys to satisfy his depraved sexual interests.” In the suit, Singleton claims … although the sex occurred nearly 20 years ago, he didn’t take action until now because … he “did not become aware that he had suffered adverse psychological and emotional effects from Kevin Clash’s sexual acts and conduct until 2012.”

8:20 AM PT — Clash has officially resigned from “Sesame Street” today in the immediate wake of this new lawsuit.

8:40 AM PT — The accuser’s lawyer has filed new court docs, in which the date of the alleged abuse has been changed from 1993 to 2003. The accuser also says he is currently 24-years-old … and chalks up the mistake to a typo.

So let me get this straight: It happened twenty years ago, except no wait! It happened ten years ago! And also, they met on an adult phone sex line, because if you’re going to find teens anywhere, it’s an ADULT phone sex line. And he didn’t realize he was suffering from it until the first lawsuit came out. Sounds legit. Look, if the guy actually had sex with underage kids? He has to go. That’s rape. But once again, the story and its “It happened twenty years ago! No wait, I mean ten!” bit seems fishy as hell.

Elmo and Kevin Clash

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