Leah Beckmann · 07/01/13 12:20PM

A judge dismissed the three child molestation suits brought against Elmo creator Kevin Clash this morning, stating that the statute of limitations had expired. Wondering how to explain this final chapter to the kids? Gawker can help.

How to Explain the Latest Elmo Sex Scandal News to Your Kids: an Illustrated Guide Starring Spider-Man and My Little Pony

Max Read · 11/27/12 07:06PM

You thought you were out of the woods on explaining the Elmo sex scandal. Well you were wrong. Dead wrong. Puppeteer Kevin Clash, beloved for creating Sesame Street's Elmo character and also for creating this sex scandal, now faces three accusers who claim that Clash trolled gay phone chat lines to find underage teenagers to seduce at his home. And now you're asking yourself, "which gay phone chat lines, exactly, for research?" And also, "how can I tell my kids?"

Third Elmo Accuser Surfaces, Says Kevin Clash Engaged In “Some Sexual Activity” With Him When He Was 16

Taylor Berman · 11/26/12 10:00PM

Poor Elmo: Earlier today, a third man announced a lawsuit against Kevin Clash, accusing the Elmo voice actor of instigating a relationship with the man in 2000, when the alleged victim was just 16. The accuser, who is going by "John Doe" for now, says he met Clash on a gay chat line, where the two talked for several days before Clash invited the teen to his apartment.

How to Explain the Elmo Sex Scandal to Your Kids: an Illustrated Guide Starring Justin Bieber and Elmo

Max Read · 11/14/12 05:44PM

As the Elmo Sex Scandal — one of the top two current Sex Scandals in the United States — draws to an anticlimactic close, parents across the country have been left wondering: how can I explain to my children that Kevin Clash, the puppeteer who provides Elmo with life has been accused of having sex with a 16-year-old, and furthermore that the man in question (now 23) recanted his story within days of the initial accusation?