NBC News: Elmo puppeteer’s accuser recants allegations of underage sexual relationship

13 11 2012
By Gael Fashingbauer Cooper, TODAY
The man who said he was underage when he had a sexual relationship with “Sesame Street” puppeteer Kevin Clash has now recanted that claim, the law firm representing him said on Tuesday.

The Pennsylvania law firm Andreozzi & Associates issued a statement reading, “This office represented the 23-year-old man who was the subject of many media reports regarding Kevin Clash. He wants it to be known that his sexual relationship with Mr. Clash was an adult consensual relationship. He will have no further comment on the matter.”

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In a statement of his own, Clash, 52, the puppeteer and voice behind popular red Muppet Elmo, said, “I am relieved that this painful allegation has been put to rest. I will not discuss it further.”

There was no word Tuesday afternoon on whether Clash would cancel the leave of absence he has taken from “Sesame Street” since news of the relationship surfaced.

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

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13 11 2012
NBC News: Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash takes leave from ‘Sesame Street,’ denies sexual allegations « EDUtainment BLOG @ DEVRICK.com

[…] 12 11 2012 UPDATE: It appears that Clash has been cleared of the allegations. […]

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