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The U.S. Court of Appeals officials have upheld the decision to dismiss three sexual abuse lawsuits against former Sesame Street puppeteer, Kevin Clash.
The 53-year old gay actor was forced to retire from his role as the voice of beloved character Elmo in 2012, when he was accused of engaging in sexual activities with a 15-year old college student, Cecil Singleton.
Three lawsuits, including Singleton’s, were thrown out of court in 2013, due to the statute of limitations. It gives alleged sex victims three years to file a lawsuit, when they are 18. That deadline wasn’t met by all plaintiffs. Clash was suspended and later resigned from his Sesame Street after the first allegations surfaced, “can go about the business of reclaiming his personal life and his professional standing,” his lawyer told CNN.
The lawyer who filed the documents vowed to “appeal the decision and continue the fight to be a voice for victims.”
A clerk with Manhattan District court confirmed that three lawsuits filed against Clash were dismissed on grounds that the statute of limitations had run out.
According to People.com, lawyers for the plaintiffs appealed the ruling, but the case was once again dismissed in April 2014 in the U.S. Court of Appeals.
However, another lawsuit, filed by Sheldon Stephens is still pending. The alleged victim has recanted his story once it went public, stating their relationship was consensual.