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Kevin Clash’s Ex-Boyfriend Defends Him & Says “He’s Like The Hugh Hefner Of Men, Who Likes Younger Boys!”

With all the controversy and lawsuits surrounding the 52 year-old voice of Elmo star, Kevin Clash– his now 29 year-old ex-boyfriend, Jason Murray, recently sat down with E! Online for an exclusive interview, where he defended the puppeteer while saying “Kevin is like the Hugh Hefner of men, who likes younger boys.” But with a good heart.

E! Online reports:

“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.” 

Clash, 52, acknowledged that he is gay earlier this month when 24-year-old Sheldon Stephens came forward to claim that he was 16 when he had an inappropriate sexual relationship with Clash. Via his attorney, Stephens recanted his claims the following day, saying they had “an adult consensual relationship.” 

Two other men, Cecil Singleton and one going by John Doe, then sued Clash for damages, claiming in separate lawsuits that they engaged in sexual activity with the children’s television star while they were underage. 

Clash has denied engaging in any illegal activity and his attorney has said that both suits are without merit.
Murray, who says he was 21 when he met Clash at a gay club in Manhattan, told us that, while he is no longer in contact with his ex, he’s happy to defend him.
 

“Does he prey on these guys? In my heart I don’t believe that,” Murray says, reiterating his opinion that liking younger men in general doesn’t make Clash a bad guy. 

“I think it’s like Hugh Hefner, he dates younger women,” he says. “Kevin likes younger guys.” But, “I am reading the news and all the negative stuff. I don’t see it. He had a good heart.”

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