Accuser recants claim of underage sex with Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash

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The man who accused Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash of having an in appropriate sexual relationship when he was a teen has recanted his story.

The man now says the relationship with Clash was consensual and happened when the man was an adult, reported the Associated Press.

Clash’s accuser has not given out his name. The admission was made through his lawyer, which issued a statement Tuesday saying, “This office represented a 23-year-old man who was the subject of many media reports regarding Kevin Clash. He 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 issued a statement Tuesday afternoon saying he was “relieved that this painful allegation has been put to rest.”

Clash had taken a leave of absence from “Sesame Street” to deal with the allegation that he had sex with a 16-year-old. Clash denied the allegation from the man, who is now in his early 20s.