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Accuser Recants Sex Allegations Against Elmo Actor

The man who accused Kevin Clash — the actor behind Sesame Street’s Elmo character — of engaging in an underage sexual relationship with him has recanted the claim.

Andreozzi & Associates, a firm that was hired by the accuser, said in a statement that the accuser “wants it to be known that his sexual relationship with Mr. Clash was an adult consensual relationship. He will have no further comment on the matter.”

Clash has been on a leave of absence from Sesame Street. Representatives for the show stood by him, explaining, “Kevin insists that these allegations are false and defamatory and he has taken actions to protect his reputation. We have granted him a leave of absence to do so.”

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