UPDATE UPDATE: Big Bird may Be Keeping His Job, But Elmo’s Treading Water: Elmo Voice Actor Leaves Sesame Street Amid Allegations Of Sex With Underage Boy!

Posted on November 20, 2012

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UPDATE UPDATE 11/20/2012 – Kevin Clash has officially left Sesame Street after a second accuser had come forward.  The update follows the story and previous update below.

UPDATE 11/13/2012 – The accuser in this case has recanted his story according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.  The update follows the story below.

Originally posted 11/12/2012

The United States (Jill Reilly-Daily Mail) – The man who voices the puppet of Elmo on Sesame Street has taken leave amid allegations he had a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old boy.

Kevin Clash, 52, has taken a leave of absence from the popular children’s show after the programme’s lawyers were contacted by a 23-year-old man who claims he had a sexual relationship with the puppeteer seven years ago, when he was aged 16.

Iconic: Kevin Clash, who has voiced Elmo for two decades, arrives at the 35th International Emmy Awards in 2007

TMZ, who reported the allegations, said that Mr Clash had 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.

‘I had a relationship with [the accuser].  It was between two consenting adults and I am deeply saddened that he is trying to make it into something it was not,’ said Mr Clash who joined Sesame Street in the mid-80s,

The website reported that after the accuser’s initial meeting with Sesame Street lawyers, he felt that that he was being silenced so he hired a lawyer.

He is now being represented by Andreozzi and Associates – the firm that worked with one of the victims in the Jerry Sandusky child rape case.

Read more:     http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2231695/Kevin-Clash-Voice-Sesame-Streets-Elmo-accused-having-sexual-relationship-underage-boy.html

UPDATE 11/13/2012:  The young man who accused Mr. Clash of having sex with him when he was a minor has reportedly taken his story back.  he is now saying that the “relationship” was “adult and consensual“.

In a quick turnabout, the man on Tuesday described his sexual relationship with Clash as adult and consensual.

Clash responded with a statement of his own, saying he is “relieved that this painful allegation has been put to rest.” He had no further comment.

The man, who has not identified himself, released his statement through the Harrisburg, Pa., law firm Andreozzi & Associates.

No word yet as to when Clash would be returning to the show.

UPDATE 11/20/2012:  Kevin Clash, voice actor of the world famous “Elmo” has resigned from Sesame Street after  second man has come forward accusing Clash of having sexual relations with him when he was only 15.  The accuser, identified as Cecil Singleton, has filed a lawsuit against Clash alleging that he suffered sexual abuse at his hands.

Sesame Workshop released a statement Tuesday saying that Clash’s personal life was posing a “distraction that none of us want”.

“Sesame Workshop’s mission is to harness the educational power of media to help all children the world over reach their highest potential,” the company said in a statement. “Kevin Clash has helped us achieve that mission for 28 years and none of us, especially Kevin, want anything to divert our attention from our focus on serving as a leading educational organization.”