Elmo Puppeteer Kevin Clash’s Accuser Recants Sexual Abuse Allegations

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Puppeteer Kevin Clash speaks during the 'Independent Lens - Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey' panel during the PBS portion of the 2011 Summer TCA Tour held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 31, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.
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Yesterday, the story came out that Kevin Clash, the longtime puppeteer of Elmo, was granted a leave of absence from Sesame Street so he could focus on fighting allegations of sexually abusing a minor. Now, only one day later, the accuser has recanted, with his lawyer acknowledging it was an "adult consensual relationship." In response, Clash issued a statement: "I am relieved that this painful allegation has been put to rest. I will not discuss it further."