A federal judge on Monday threw out three sex abuse lawsuits against Kevin Clash, the "Sesame Street" puppeteer who created the character Elmo.
Three men accused Clash of sexually abusing them while they were underage.
The judge said the men waited too long too sue, saying the six-year federal statute of limitations had expired.
He also noted the men had been over the age of 18 for more than three years before filing the lawsuits.
The men plan to appeal.
Clash had been with Sesame Street for 28 years, but resigned in November after the allegations surfaced.
One other lawsuit against Clash is pending in Pennsylvania.