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Sat Nov 17, 2012, 02:33 PM

21. 'Elmo' Accuser Recants Allegations of Underage Sex With Kevin Clash

... Clash, who is on voluntary leave from Sesame Workshop, issued a statement Monday denying he'd had an inappropriate relationship with his accuser.

"I am a gay man. I have never been ashamed of this or tried to hide it but felt it was a personal and private matter. I had a relationship with the accuser. It was between two consenting adults, and I am deeply saddened that he is trying to characterize it as something other than what it was," Clash said in a statement issued to ABC News.
PHOTO:"Sesame Street" puppeteer Kevin Clash poses for a portrait during the 2011 Sundance Film Festival to promote the film "Being Elmo" in Park City, Utah.
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"I am taking a break from Sesame Workshop to deal with this false and defamatory allegation," he said.

Sesame Workshop said it took the allegation "very seriously" and had taken "immediate action," but after an investigation, which included interviews with Clash and his accuser, found the claims to be "unsubstantiated." ...

http://abcnews.go.com/US/elmo-accuser-recants-allegations-underage-sex-kevin-clash/story?id=17710758

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