(Image source: New York Post)

 

 

BY ELIZABETH HAGEDORN

ANCHOR CHRISTINA HARTMAN

 

The man who accused the puppeteer behind Elmo of underage sex recanted his story on Tuesday.

On Monday, the gossip website TMZ reported that an unidentified man claimed he had a sexual relationship with Sesame Street’s Kevin Clash which started seven years ago when the accuser was just 16 and Clash was 45.

But in a turn of events, the accuser backed off his claims. According to a statement his lawyers sent to the Los Angeles Times:

“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.”
  
This story went along with Clash’s version: he admitted to having a relationship with the man, but insisted it was an adult, consensual one.

But why the sudden change of heart? TMZ reports,

“It's unclear why the accuser suddenly changed his story ... but sources close to the situation tell TMZ ... the accuser's attorney had been meeting with Clash's attorney as recent as an hour ago, discussing a financial settlement and 6-figures were on the table.”

So, the accuser has backed off his claims, but has the damage already been done? A writer at The Washington Post suggests even the hint of a scandal could have tarnished the iconic children's show’s wholesome reputation.

“[S]candal and allegations always contaminate whether in  Washington, as we’re seeing with General David Petraeus or on “Sesame Street.” Once the magic is tainted, it’s simply hard to recapture it.”

Clash, who has been performing as Elmo since 1985, starred last year in the documentary “Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey” and penned an autobiography, “My Life as a Furry Red Monster.”

No word yet from Sesame Workshop if or when Clash will return to the show, but he did release a statement of his own, saying,

“I am relieved that this painful allegation has been put to rest. I will not discuss it further.”

Elmo Accuser Backs Off Underage Sex Claims

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Nov 13, 2012

Elmo Accuser Backs Off Underage Sex Claims

(Image source: New York Post)

 

 

BY ELIZABETH HAGEDORN

ANCHOR CHRISTINA HARTMAN

 

The man who accused the puppeteer behind Elmo of underage sex recanted his story on Tuesday.

On Monday, the gossip website TMZ reported that an unidentified man claimed he had a sexual relationship with Sesame Street’s Kevin Clash which started seven years ago when the accuser was just 16 and Clash was 45.

But in a turn of events, the accuser backed off his claims. According to a statement his lawyers sent to the Los Angeles Times:

“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.”
  
This story went along with Clash’s version: he admitted to having a relationship with the man, but insisted it was an adult, consensual one.

But why the sudden change of heart? TMZ reports,

“It's unclear why the accuser suddenly changed his story ... but sources close to the situation tell TMZ ... the accuser's attorney had been meeting with Clash's attorney as recent as an hour ago, discussing a financial settlement and 6-figures were on the table.”

So, the accuser has backed off his claims, but has the damage already been done? A writer at The Washington Post suggests even the hint of a scandal could have tarnished the iconic children's show’s wholesome reputation.

“[S]candal and allegations always contaminate whether in  Washington, as we’re seeing with General David Petraeus or on “Sesame Street.” Once the magic is tainted, it’s simply hard to recapture it.”

Clash, who has been performing as Elmo since 1985, starred last year in the documentary “Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey” and penned an autobiography, “My Life as a Furry Red Monster.”

No word yet from Sesame Workshop if or when Clash will return to the show, but he did release a statement of his own, saying,

“I am relieved that this painful allegation has been put to rest. I will not discuss it further.”

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