‘Elmo’ Puppeteer Kevin Clash’s Accuser Recants Claim

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The man who accused Kevin Clash, the voice of ‘Elmo’ for the past 27 years, of having an inappropriate and underage relationship has recanted his story and says he did have a relationship with Clash at the age of 16  but after he turned of legal age. Clash took a leave of absence after the accusations went public to clear his name but he will not have to pursue the accuser. The law firm representing the accuser told People that he “wants it to be known that his sexual relationship with Mr. Clash was an adult consensual relationship,” the statement from Andreozzi & Associates says. “He will have no further comment on the matter.”

“I am relieved that this painful allegation has been put to rest,” Clash told The Times in a statement through his rep. “I will not discuss it further.”

“We are pleased that this matter has been brought to aclose,” Sesame Workshop said in a statement to PEOPLE on Tuesday. “We are happy that Kevin can move on from this unfortunate episode.”

Is this just a case of a relationship gone wrong?


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