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Elmo Puppeteer Kevin Clash Uses Technicality As Defense In Sexual Abuse Lawsuits

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Reason #241 why America rocks: All defendants in a court of law are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash has not yet been found guilty of any inappropriate sexual conduct with minors, so we must assume he's innocent of these nasty charges until we see evidence to the contrary!

Still, this weekend's development hurts our heart!

Three men claim Kevin sexually abused them while they were minors and they filed lawsuits saying as much.

Kevin's lawyer Michael Berger just filed a motion to combat this lawsuit, not by maintaining his client's innocence, but by saying the men aren't entitled to any money because the statute of limitations expired on their grievances.

In the motion filed to dismiss the lawsuits, Michael claims:

"There are two applicable types of statutes of limitations, a six-year one based on when the right of action has accrued, and a three-year one based on when the alleged victim turned eighteen and was therefore no longer under the disability of being a minor."

His rep is basically saying that, victims of sexual misconduct or not, the courts should ignore these men's pleas because they waited too long to make a fuss about being sexually violated!

Ugh!! We imagine the kind of courage it takes to come forward and speak publicly something so private and so profoundly destructive, and it sounds silly that victim's testmony should be discounted because it took them a while to build up the necessary strength.

The lawyer repping the plaintiffs, Jeff Herman, is inclined to disagree. He thinks Kevin won't be able to "avoid liability on technical grounds."

Jeff's response was:

"It should be noted his motion does not say the abuse did not happen, just that it is too late to file the complaints… We are hopeful the Court will see it our way, however, by being able to bring their claims forth publicly the victims are already further along in the healing process."

Such a sad, sad story.

We can only hope any and all victims find the justice they seek… if they INDEED are victims.

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7 comments to “Elmo Puppeteer Kevin Clash Uses Technicality As Defense In Sexual Abuse Lawsuits”



  1. 1

    That gay pedo should be locked up.

  2. thebigboot says – reply to this


    2

    If this was a Catholic priest he would have been run out of town, harassed at every step and the time between the incident and reporting defended. Amazing.

  3. lawyer says – reply to this


    3

    That's the right thing for the lawyer to do - if the limitation period has passed, it makes WAAAAAY more sense to try to get them tossed on that basis rather than going into the merits of their case. There's a reason why we have limitation periods - complainants have a duty to make their allegations known in a reasonable period of time. Going to trial when it's already statute barred would be a really stupid move for the lawyer to make.

  4. Be-Atch says – reply to this


    4

    'Memba when Whoopi Goldberg was defending him… ? He is SICK !

  5. Sad says – reply to this


    5

    If he was a total selfish jerk to begin with, had absolutely no empathy for others, their feelings or situation in life, he will continue to act that way through out his entire life and always have screwy and nasty relationships until the day he dies. It would be telling to know what the next 15/20 years holds for him. If he is entirely innocent of everything, he should ask the person involved why somebody would even think that way until he has an inkling of why he was accused. That takes courage though and some people would rather be ignorant and selfish for the rest of their lives, blaming others instead of using self-reflection…

  6. Be-Atch says – reply to this


    6

    His hand up the ass of that muppet makes me wonder WHAT ELSE he did with his FISTS …Just say'n ………



  7. 7

    he should have a cell right next to sandusky. I hope you all notice the difference in the coverage if the person is not one of "hollywoods". They had Sandusky and EVERYONE around him destroyed by now.