Controversy erupted earlier this week when news broke that a 24 year old man was accusing Kevin Clash, the 52 year old voice of “Sesame Street’s” Elmo, of having an sexual relationship with him while the man was only 16 years old. He has now recanted his story.
Just a day after his accusations became public, the unidentified man released a statement through his lawyers withdrawing his allegations. According to the New York Times, the man:
“…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.”
In response to the retraction, Clash, who has taken a leave of absence from “Sesame Street,” also released a statement of his own.
â€œI am relieved that this painful allegation has been put to rest. I will not discuss it further.â€
Yesterday, Clash admitted to having a 7 year relationship with the man, but said that it “was between two consenting adults.” Between then and now, an email has surfaced between Clash and the man suggesting the two had some type of romantic relationship. Clash came out as a gay man in 2011.
The accuser came forward to Sesame Workshop last summer to reveal the allegations, and the company said that it investigated the situation and concluded that it was false.
No word has been given on when Clash, the voice of Elmo for the last 28 years, will return to work on the show.