Elmo puppeteer’s accuser withdraws underage sex allegations
Wednesday 14 Nov 2012 11:42 a.m.
Kevin Clash with Elmo (Reuters file)
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