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Elmo puppeteer’s accuser withdraws underage sex allegations

Wednesday 14 Nov 2012 11:42 a.m.

Kevin Clash with Elmo (Reuters file)

Kevin Clash with Elmo (Reuters file)

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By 3 News online staff with Associated Press

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 23-year-old man who made the claims in June has released a statement through law firm Andreozzi & Associates, saying “he wants it to be known that his sexual relationship with Mr Clash was an adult consensual relationship.”

The man originally claimed he had been in a relationship with Clash when he was 16.

Clash, who plays Elmo on the children’s television show, announced earlier this week that he had taken a leave of absence from Sesame Street to fight the allegations, which he denied.

Clash said through a spokesman: “I am relieved that this painful allegation has been put to rest. I will not discuss it further.”

3 News / AP

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