Oh no, say it ain’t so — Kevin Clash, the man who voices Sesame Street’s Elmo, has taken a leave of absence amid allegations he had a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old boy. Sesame Street’s lawyers were contacted by a 23 year old man who claims he had a sexual relationship with Kevin Clash seven years ago, when he was 16.
According to TMZ, Kevin Clash admitted he had a relationship with the man, but only after the accuser was an adult and said the accusations were both false and defamatory.
UPDATE#1: From Huffington Post — The man who accused the voice of Sesame Street’s beloved Elmo of having a sexual relationship with him when he was 16 has recanted his story. The New York Times reports that the law firm representing the accuser, who has not been named, released a statement saying the man “wants it to be known that his sexual relationship with [Kevin Clash] was an adult consensual relationship.”