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Elmo Puppeteer Kevin Clash’s Accuser Recants Sexual Abuse Allegations

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.

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." 

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