Sesame Street star Roscoe Orman is facing a legal battle with his longterm partner over claims he left her destitute when he dumped her for another woman.
Orman, who has played teacher Gordon Robinson in the show for 30 years, left Sharon, the mother of his four children and partner of nearly 40 years, in 2010 and went on to marry Kimberley Lamarque in 2012.
Sharon has filed a complaint in New Jersey Superior Court demanding spousal support from her ex-partner, even though they never married. She claims to have been evicted from her New Jersey home after Orman stopped paying the bills, and accuses him of failing to keep in touch with his kids since he remarried.
She tells New York Post gossip column Page Six, "I gave up my career to raise the kids and never cheated on him. I am the one who made him a Sesame Street dad. This is what I get after 40 years? You can leave me now?"
Sharon's lawyer Charles P. Cohen adds, "For more than 39 years, Sharon served as a homemaker and mother, dedicating her life to Roscoe and their four children. She has no savings or financial security, and has now been left homeless and financially destitute as Mr. Orman has left her for a younger woman, without providing any means of support."
Roscoe's representative says, "I don't want to get in the middle of this."