Elmo puppeteer's accuser takes it back

  • Updated: November 13, 2012 - 7:38 PM

NEW YORK - The man who accused Kevin Clash, the voice and puppeteer of the "Sesame Street" character Elmo, of an underage sexual relationship has recanted that claim, his lawyer said Tuesday. The reversal came a day after the claim was first published by the gossip website TMZ.

Clash has taken a leave of absence from Sesame Workshop, the organization that produces "Sesame Street," to challenge the allegations.

A law firm that said it represented the accuser said in a statement that "he wants it to be known that his sexual relationship with Mr. Clash was an adult consensual relationship." The statement added, "He will have no further comment on the matter."

The accuser's identity has not been disclosed.

Clash said through a spokeswoman: "I am relieved that this painful allegation has been put to rest."

The episode led to Clash coming out as a gay man, something he had not previously said in public.

"I have never been ashamed of this or tried to hide it, but felt it was a personal and private matter," he said.

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