Update To Elmo, Don’t Tickle Me There. Accuser Recants Story

Via Fox News;

A man who accused Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash of having sex with him when he was a teenage boy has recanted his story.

In a quick turnabout, the man on Tuesday described his sexual relationship with Clash as adult and consensual.

Clash responded with a statement of his own, saying he is “relieved that this painful allegation has been put to rest.” He had no further comment.

The man, who has not identified himself, released his statement through the Harrisburg, Pa., law firm Andreozzi & Associates.

Sesame Workshop, which produces “Sesame Street” in New York, soon followed by saying, “We are happy that Kevin can move on from this unfortunate episode.”

The whirlwind episode began Monday morning, when Sesame Workshop startled the world by announcing that Clash had taken a leave of absence from “Sesame Street” in the wake of allegations that he had had a relationship with a 16-year-old.

Clash, a 52-year-old divorced father of a grown daughter, swiftly denied the charges of his accuser, who is in his early 20s. In that statement Clash acknowledged that he is gay but said the relationship had been between two consenting adults.

Though it remained unclear where the relationship took place, sex with a person under 17 is a felony in New York if the perpetrator is at least 21.

So, did the man originally lie about being under aged when the “event” took place…or did Clash and Sesame Workshop work up some kind of financial deal? Maybe it was all about the money to start with.

 

5 thoughts on “Update To Elmo, Don’t Tickle Me There. Accuser Recants Story

  1. Since there was almost a 30 year difference in their ages, I still have a problem with it, and it has nothing to do with sexual orientation.
    Call me old-fashioned, but there is a HUGE power difference between an 18, 19, or 20 year old …and a 50 year old established star…

    If it was my son (or daughter) who was “involved” in that particular relationship, I’d probably be less than pleased.
    FWIW, this was pretty much one of my primary problems back with the whole Clinton-Lewinsky affair.

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