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The Morning Roundup: Kaley Cuoco Dating Superman, 'The Lone Ranger' Rides, Elmo Lawsuits Dropped

7/2/2013 10:25am EDT
Kaley Cuoco
"The Big Bang Theory's" Kaley Cuoco and "Man of Steel" star Henry Cavill are dating. Both stars recently went through breakups and are reportedly infatuated with each other. (story)

"The Lone Ranger" hits theaters this week and looks to be another big hit for Disney and the folks who brought us the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series. One of our reviewers, who likes just about anything, wasn't impressed with Johnny Depp's performance as the Native American sidekick Tonto, saying he was a little more Captain Jack Sparrow than Kemosabe. (story)

The first fatal accident in the 30-year history ...

Judge Dismisses Three Lawsuits Against 'Sesame Street' Puppeteer Kevin Clash

7/1/2013 10:11pm EDT
Kevin Clash
Three of the four underage sex lawsuits against former Sesame Street puppeteer Kevin Clash have been thrown out of court by a New York judge.

Clash, 52, resigned from the long-running children's program in November after he was accused of having sex with a minor by college student Cecil Singleton, who claims that the two had consensual sex when he was just 15.

Three similar accusations followed, one from Kevin Kiadii, who alleges he met Clash via a gay phone sex line when he was 16 and an anonymous plaintiff, aka John Doe, who claims Clash flew him to New York for four days of sexual enco...

Kevin Clash Asks For Sexual Assault Lawsuits To Be Dismissed

3/3/2013 11:07am EST
Kevin Clash
Embattled former Sesame Street puppeteer Kevin Clash has asked a judge to dismiss three lawsuits accusing him of inappropriate sexual acts with underage men. 

The man behind beloved character Elmo became embroiled in a sex scandal last year after he was accused of having relations with a string of men when they were minors. 

Clash quit the show in November as the scandal continued to play out and he was hit with legal action over the allegations, although he denied the claims. 

On Friday, his lawyer filed a motion in a New York City court to have three lawsuits dismissed, claiming the st...

2012 Celebrity Sex Scandals & Nude Photo Leaks

12/25/2012 8:00am EST
Kanye West & Kim Kardashian
Real life often mimics soap operas, and 2012 was no exception. Several celebrities were embroiled in sex scandals and nude photo leaks. As much as these stars try to keep some things to themselves, sometimes their private moments result in a media frenzy.

In September, a video featuring Kanye West getting down and dirty with a woman looking very similar to his girlfriend Kim Kardashian was being shopped around. RadarOnline reported that they viewed the 20-minute sex tape and posted a non-nude screen shot from it.  The video was allegedly made before the rapper started dating the reality st...

Michael Buble: 'Elmo Didn't Do Anything'

12/13/2012 11:00am EST
Michael Buble
Michael Buble has defended his decision to perform with Sesame Street puppet Elmo after his furry friend's longtime handler quit the kids show amid sex abuse scandals.

Puppeteer Kevin Clash is still fighting the accusations he had sexual relations with minors after the first claim was recanted last month.

He quit the show when a second man came forward with claims Clash had acted inappropriately with him when he was a teenager, and two other men have since come forward with similar allegations and lawsuits.

However, the controversy didn't prompt Buble to cut Elmo from his Christmas TV...

Elmo Puppeteer Kevin Clash Faces Lawsuit Number Four

12/10/2012 3:30pm EST
Kevin Clash
The former Sesame Street puppeteer is yet again facing new allegations and a fourth lawsuit he engaged in sex with an underage boy.

Kevin Clash, the man behind beloved character Elmo became embroiled in a sex scandal last month, when he was accused of having relations with a 16-year-old boy when he was 45.

The allegations were subsequently recanted, but another man, Cecil Singleton, came forward and sued Clash for $5 million over another alleged inappropriate incident he had with the then-15 year old in 1993, prompting Clash to quit the children's show.

A third man filed suit over claim...

Ex-Boyfriend Says Kevin Clash 'Not A Villain,' But 'Had An Affinity For Younger Men'

11/29/2012 3:07pm EST
Kevin Clash
One of Kevin Clash's ex-boyfriends has defended the former Sesame Street puppeteer, saying that while Clash likes younger men, he doesn't "prey on them."

Jason Murray told E! News he met Clash at a gay club in Manhattan in 2004, when he was 21. "Kevin is not a villain. 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."

He continues, "I think it's like Hugh Hefner, he dates younger women. Kevin likes younger guys. I am reading the news and all the negative stuff. I don't see it. He had a ...

Accuser #3 Steps Forward, Says Kevin Clash Enticed Him With Booze

11/27/2012 11:17am EST
Kevin Clash
A third man has come forward to accuse Kevin Clash, voice of Elmo on Sesame Street, of having sex with him while he was underage. In a suit filed in New York and obtained by TMZ, the unnamed man claims he met Clash in a similar manner as his second accuser: a gay chat line.

He was invited into Clash's apartment when he was only 16, and offered a detailed description of the puppeteer's home, which was covered in photos of Elmo with famous people such as Tyra Banks and Beyonce.

The accuser, now 28, says Clash gave him alcohol and had sex with him. They kept in contact after the encounter, b...

Kevin Clash Calls 'Sesame Street' An 'Exceptional Organization'

11/22/2012 9:32am EST
Kevin Clash
Sesame Street puppeteer Kevin Clash has confirmed he is resigning from the show amid a double sex scandal.

The man behind Elmo was preparing to return to the show after a leave of absence when Cecil Singleton filed a lawsuit alleging he met Clash on a gay phone line in the 1990s - when he was just 15.

The suit came a week after one of Clash's former lovers, Sheldon Stephens, recanted his claims that he had sexual relations with the puppeteer when he was 16.

The drama prompted Clash to take the leave of absence from the show.

Confirming the news he is leaving Sesame Street after 28 years...

Kevin Clash Resigns From Sesame Street As Second Accuser Comes Forward

11/20/2012 1:07pm EST
Kevin Clash
Kevin Clash has resigned from Sesame Street, citing the ongoing scandal revolving around him and a man that claims he has an inappropriate relationship with the puppeteer when he was underage. However, that's the least of Clash's worries.

A second man has come forward to claim he also had an underage affair with Clash back in the early 90s. TMZ reports Cecil Singleton came in contact with clash in 1993 via a gay phone hotline when he was only 15 years old.

A lawsuit filed in New York City claims that Clash "groomed [the accuser] to gain his trust by, among other things, taking him to nice...

Kevin Clash Pays Off Accuser $125K - Now Accuser Wants To Undo Settlement

11/19/2012 12:19pm EST
Kevin Clash
According to reports, the man who accused Kevin Clash, voice of Elmo on Sesame Street, took a $125,000 settlement to publicly recant his story of an underage sexual affair. However, the accuser now wants to give the money back and continue his claims.

TMZ reported Saturday that the details of the settlement leaked, claiming Clash had to pay off accuser Sheldon Stephens to recant his story. Today, TMZ is reporting Stephens wishes to reverse his statement and forfeit his settlement.

Stephens claims he was pressured into the settlement by lawyers and was crying while he signed the papers. He...

Kevin Clash's Accuser Revealed: Male Model With Arrest History

11/15/2012 11:03am EST
Kevin Clash
The man who accused Kevin Clash, the voice of Sesame Street's Elmo, has been revealed as Sheldon Stephens - a male model from Pennsylvania with an arrest history.

The Smoking Gun, using friends as sources, named the man who claimed he had sex with Clash while he was underage - a claim he recanted only days after it was made public. Clash has since acknowledged a gay relationship with his accuser, but says his accuser was well past legal age.

Stephens has several run-ins with the law in his past, including an arrest after robbing a former employer at knifepoint for over $250,000 in jewelry...

Man Who Accused Elmo Puppeteer Of Underage Sex Recants His Story

11/14/2012 8:26am EST
Kevin Clash
Earlier this week Kevin Clash, who has provided the voice of "Sesame Street's" Elmo since 1984, was accused of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old male seven years ago, when he was aged 45. On Tuesday, the unidentified accuser, now 23, recanted his story.

A statement from the accuser's lawyers, Andreozzi & Associates, reads: "He wants it to be known that his sexual relationship with Mr. Clash was an adult consensual relationship. He will have no further comment on the matter."

Once the allegations were dropped, Clash released his own statement, which reads, "I am relieved that...

Leaked Kevin Clash Email To Accuser: 'I Keep Talking About Sex With You'

11/13/2012 2:07pm EST
Kevin Clash
Kevin Clash, the voice of Elmo on Sesame Street, was accused yesterday of having a relationship with an underage boy and using his company email to set up meetings. Now, one of those emails has leaked.

The email was released by TMZ. Clash writes to his accuser, "I'm sorry that I keep talking about sex with you, its driving me insane.

"I want you to know that I love you and I will never hurt you. I'm here to protect you and make sure your dreams come true.

"I'll have my assistant book a ticket for you to come to NY and we can talk about this in person."

It's important to note that the em...

Kevin Clash, Puppeteer And Voice Of Elmo, Accused Of Having Gay Relationship With Minor

11/12/2012 11:03am EST
Kevin Clash (right)
A man has come forward and claimed to have had a gay relationship with Kevin Clash, the man behind the famous Elmo on Sesame Street, when he was 16.

TMZ has the exclusive details.

The man, now 23, has since met with Sesame Workshop lawyers to discuss the claims. Clash, for his part, has admitted to TMZ that he had a gay relationship with the unnamed man - but stresses it occurred when the man was of age.

Sesame Workshop producers tell TMZ, "In June of this year, Sesame Workshop received a communication from a young man who alleged that he had a relationship with Kevin Clash beginning wh...