Kevin Clash, the longtime voice of Sesame Street puppet Elmo, has prevailed in court against three lawsuits that claimed he engaged in sex with minors.
Last November, the 52-year-old puppeteer resigned from Sesame Workshop as accusers came forward to make their allegations. But in a ruling on Monday, judge in New York says that the claims were filed too late in court.
The three plaintiffs who filed suit against Clash have the option of appealing U.S. District Judge John Koelt’s decision; however, Monday’s ruling certainly doesn’t bode well for the three men who’ve accused Clash of sexually assaulting them at various times over the last two decades.
14:20 // 1 year ago
A possible natural gas explosion blew out windows of a historic building at Nyack College near New York City on Tuesday, injuring seven faculty members, a Rockland County sheriff’s spokesman said.
"The whole first floor got blown out - shrapnel and glass flew everywhere," William Barbera, chief of the sheriff’s patrol, told Reuters.
After the explosion, which occurred at about noon, fire and bomb investigators rushed to the campus in Nyack, about 30 miles north of New York City.
While seven people were injured by the blast, none of those injured are believed to have sustained life-threatening injuries, and all seven are currently being treated at nearby Nyack Hospital. Authorities continue to investigate what caused the explosion at Sky Island Lodge, a 33-room mansion on the Nyack campus first built to house refugee children from Europe during World War II.
16:36 // 1 year ago
The scandal surrounding Lopez is centered around his career as a legislator, as he’s accused of sexually harassing female legislative employees. The claims against him were made public last August, by way of a censure by Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver. On Friday he had said he planned to hang on for five weeks, and then run for a City Council seat — whether that quick return to politics remains the plan is unclear.
15:16 // 1 year ago
Young New Yorkers would not be able to buy cigarettes until they were 21, up from the current 18, under a proposal advanced Monday by Dr. Thomas A. Farley, the city’s health commissioner, and Christine C. Quinn, the City Council speaker.
The proposal, which would give New York the highest smoking age in the country among major cities, is the latest effort in a long campaign to limit smoking that began soon after Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg took office, with bans on smoking in restaurants and bars, and expanding more recently to bans at parks, beaches, plazas and other public places.
Given some of the responses to New York’s last major health initiative, we imagine more than a few residents won’t be particularly fond of the proposed change; however, it is likely to see some support. Thoughts?
19:09 // 1 year ago