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Jeff Herman and Cecil Singleton Discuss Sexual Abuse Lawsuit against Kevin Clash on Dr. Drew

Jeff Herman and Cecil Singleton Discuss Sexual Abuse Lawsuit against Kevin Clash on Dr. Drew

Dr. Drew: [inaudible 00:00:00] workshop. Cecil, you were struggling as a 15 year old. You met this bigger than life, older man. What was going on in your life at that time?

Cecil: What a lot of people don’t know is that, I’d just gotten out of a situation where my stepfather had made sexually suggestive comments to me, and it pretty much resulted in me moving again. A lot of my family and a lot of people didn’t exactly support me.

Dr. Drew: So you had this trauma, and then you were rejected by important people in your life, yes?

Cecil: I was.

Dr. Drew: And then you found somebody who looked like he was going to support you and care for you, yes?

Cecil: I was extremely vulnerable when I met Kevin. I’d just dealt with the sit…in a sit…I just dealt with the situation where a man that I lived with and cared about for 10 years had violated my trust.

Dr. Drew: Your stepfather?

Cecil: Yes. Among that I had just gotten out of…I’d just finished spending two years in foster care. I was extremely vulnerable and as far as I’m concerned, Kevin, with his profession was in a unique position to know that I would be a receptive victim.

Dr. Drew: You mean the fact that he deals with young people?

Cecil: The fact that he dea…that he works with children, yes.

Dr. Drew: Is that your concern that he could victimize other children?

Cecil: That was pretty much my main motivation for coming forward. I felt extremely guilty, like, by seeing a decent side of him, or seeing what I wanted to, that I had put him in contact with more children, or more potential victims. And I couldn’t live with that. It was more than just a prerogative it was a duty or a sense of responsibility that made me come forward.