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Kevin Clash is not without his supporters.
A former boyfriend of the puppeteer, who provided the voice of Elmo on Sesame Street for nearly three decades before resigning last week after being targeted in two lawsuits alleging that he engaged in sexual activity with minors, objects to how he feels Clash is being portrayed in the wake of the scandal.
"Kevin is not a villain," Jason Murray, a 29-year-old teacher who dated Clash in 2004, exclusively tells E! News. "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.”