- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 2, 2013

A judge has dismissed three sex abuse charges against the former voice of Elmo, puppeteer Kevin Clash, saying the plaintiffs waited too long to file.

Mr. Clash was suspended from “Sesame Street” in November, after the first complaint of sexual abuse surfaced. He subsequently resigned — but now, with the court’s Monday ruling, “can go about the business of reclaiming his personal life and his professional standing,” his lawyer said on CNN.

Attorney Michael Berger also said, CNN reported: “Kevin is looking forward to a time in the near future when he can tell his story free of innuendo and false claims.”

The three charges came from men who claimed they were seduced by Mr. Clash when they were teenagers.

“Sesame Street” didn’t release a company comment on the judge’s ruling.

The attorney for the plaintiffs said he would “appeal the decision and continue the fight to be a voice for victims,” CNN reported.

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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