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Man who accused Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash of inappropriate relationship recants his claim

Posted by Kristi Palma  November 14, 2012 07:48 AM

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The man who accused Kevin Clash, the voice of Sesame Street's Elmo, of having a sexual relationship with him when he was a teen has recanted his story.

He released a statement through his law firm, Andreozzi & Associates, on Tuesday saying that he "wants it to be known that his sexual relationship with Mr. Clash was an adult consensual relationship." The statement added, "He will have no further comment on the matter."

Clash took a leave of absence from the show after the man accused him of having an inappropriate relationship with him when Clash was 45 and he was 16.

"I am relieved that this painful allegation has been put to rest," Clash told People.com in a statement through his rep. "I will not discuss it further."

Sesame Workshop responded with this statement: "We are pleased that this matter has been brought to a close, and we are happy that Kevin can move on from this unfortunate episode."

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