Update: Clash Accuser Recants Allegations of Sexual Impropriety

Although Kevin Clash, of Dundalk, took a leave of absence after accusations of sexual impropriety, the accuser recanted his statement, according to The New York Times.

Update, Nov. 13: The man who accused the Elmo puppeteer of allegedly having sex with him as a teen has now recanted his statement.

According to The New York Times' Brian Stelter, the 23-year-old accuser stated that he had sexual relations with Kevin Clash, a Baltimore native, when he was only 16. Although Clash denied the claims, he took a leave of absence from his job with Sesame Street earlier this week.

Yet, the man recanted his statement today through his Harrisburg, PA attorney's office, Stelter reports, saying it was a "adult consensual relationship."

Clash said in his own statement, he is “relieved that this painful allegation has been put to rest.”

At this time, it is not known when Clash will return to work.

Original Post, Nov. 12: Baltimore-area native Kevin Clash, the puppeteer who has endeared himself to countless children as the voice of Sesame Street muppet Elmo, has taken a leave of absence from his job amid allegations of sexual impropriety.

Clash, who graduated from Dundalk High School, stands accused of having sex with a then-16-year-old boy, according to TMZ. The boy is now 23 years old.

In , where his daughter Shannon was a senior, and performed for students. (See accompanying video.)

Clash now lives in New York City.

Read the full story on Dundalk Patch.

Christopher Kidwell November 13, 2012 at 01:26 AM
Umm.... 16 is the age of consent in Maryland, last i heard. How can this be a 'sexual impropriety issue' when the person was over the age of consent?
Derek Hale November 13, 2012 at 05:01 AM
Gives all new meaning to Mitt Romney's phrase "I love Big Bird"............
morgan gale November 13, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Even if the age of consent is sixteen, it's not right. No, I don't know the circumstances...but I don't think there is a way to make it so.
MocoLoco November 13, 2012 at 01:21 PM
No wonder Romney wanted to defund this . . . .
Theresa Defino November 13, 2012 at 01:34 PM
He has not been charged with anything. There is no mention where the relationship is said to have taken place. Sesame Street is filmed in NYC.
Shaka Zulu November 13, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Kevin you are in a heap of trouble my friend, and so is the company that produces the show, make plea deal now.
Sonia Dasgupta (Editor) November 13, 2012 at 11:15 PM
The story has been updated above.
Cyclone November 14, 2012 at 10:15 PM
See, this was nothing that a few high Dollar Attorneys couldn't settle. I'm sure that this guy just needed to be reminded that he was really 18 when it all happened.
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