Anti-Semitic Elmo Returns to Times Square

Arrested for Ranting About 'Filthy Jews'

By Seth Berkman

Published September 19, 2012.
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A New York man who wears an Elmo costume and spews anti-Semitic hatred was arrested again after he shouted epithets at passers-by in Times Square, the New York Times reported.

Adam Sandler, 48, not to be confused with the actor of the same name, was arrested late Tuesday afternoon for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, the paper said.

Local resident Brendan Hahn tweeted that Elmo was screaming about “filthy Jews” in front of the Toys ‘R’ Us in the heart of Times Square. Earlier this summer, Sandler was taken to Metropolitan Hospital Center after yelling similar hate speech remarks in Central Park.

Sandler, who once ran a pornographic web site in Cambodia, was dressed in full Elmo garb, in an area of midtown Manhattan where cartoon characters often pose for photographs with tourists.

It is unknown how long Sandler had been canvassing Times Square, although a YouTube video posted last week shows a costumed Elmo cursing at passers-by. For fans of the more jovial Elmo, he will be appearing tonight on the Jimmy Fallon Show, which tapes at NBC Studios, about five blocks away from the arrest site.


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