The U.S. Court of Appeals upheld a New York judge’s ruling that dismissed allegations of sexual abuse against Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash.
Clash, 53, was accused by multiple men of sexually abusing them more than 10 years ago when they were minors.
Multiple lawsuits were filed, but in July 2013, a New York judge said that the claims were made too late, as they were outside the state’s statute of limitations, which provides that a lawsuit has to be filed within six years of the event or three years after a plaintiff turns 21.
Clash’s three accusers brought their cases to the U.S. Court of Appeals, alleging the psychological effects of the abuse weren’t fully realized until 2012. But this month, the cases were again dismissed.
Clash resigned from his job as the voice of popular Sesame Street puppet Elmo after the abuse allegations surfaced in 2012.
He has denied any wrongdoing from the very beginning, saying that any relations he’s had occurred between consenting adults.
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