Underage Sex Allegations Against Elmo Puppeteer Recanted

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NEW
YORK (AP) – The man who accused Elmo
puppeteer Kevin Clash of having sex with him when he was a teen now says it
isn't so.

The
man is now saying his sexual relationship with Clash was adult and
consensual.

In
response to the statement Tuesday afternoon, Clash issued a statement of his
own, saying he is “relieved that this painful allegation has been put to
rest.”

The
man, who has not identified himself, released his statement through the
Harrisburg, Pa., law firm of Andreozzi &
Associates.

On
Monday, Sesame Workshop said Clash had taken a leave of absence from
“Sesame
Street” after allegations came to light that he had
had a relationship with a 16-year-old. Clash denied the charges from the man,
who is now in his early 20s.

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