A man who accused Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash of having sex with him when he was a teen now says it isn't so. The unidentified man, now in his 20s, says in a statement that his sexual relationship with Clash was adult and consensual. (Nov. 13)
A SURPRISING TURNAROUND IN THE SHOCKING ALLEGATION INVOLVING THE ELMO PUPPETEER.THE MAN WHO ACCUSED KEVIN CLASH OF HAVING SEX WITH HIM WHEN HE WAS A TEENAGER HAS RECANTED HIS STORY.HE RELEASED A STATEMENT THROUGH A LAW FIRM ON TUESDAY DESCRIBING THE SEXUAL RELATIONSHIP AS ADULT AND CONSENSUAL.CLASH SAYS HE "RELIEVED THAT THIS PAINFUL ALLEGATION HAS BEEN PUT TO REST." SESAME WORKSHOP ANNOUNCED ON MONDAY THAT THE PUPPETEER HAD TAKEN A LEAVE OF ABSENCE TO PROTECT HIS REPUTATION.CLASH ACKNOWLEDGED THAT HE'S GAY BUT HE QUICKLY DENIED THE ALLEGATIONS.IT WASN'T IMMEDIATELY CLEAR WHEN THE PUPPETEER WOULD RETURN TO SEASAME STREET... WHICH HE'S BEEN A PART OF SINCE 1984._________, ASSOCIATED PRESS.