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Elmo puppeteer's accuser recants allegations
Kevin Clash, puppeteer and voice of Sesame Street's Elmo, is facing allegations that he conducted a sexual relationship with an underage boy and has taken a leave of absence.
Kevin Clash, puppeteer and voice of Sesame Street's Elmo, is facing allegations that he conducted a sexual relationship with an underage boy and has taken a leave of absence.
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he man who accused Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash of having sex with him when he was a teenage boy has recanted, saying through a lawyer that they had a consensual relationship when he was an adult. The abrupt reversal came just a day after the allegation surfaced on the gossip website TMZ. Clash, who has performed as the voice of the popular Sesame Street character since 1984, said through a spokeswoman that he was "relieved that this painful allegation has been put to rest." Clash took a leave of absence on Sunday, and did not immediately discuss plans to return to work.

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