BREAKING: Man Who Accused Elmo Puppeteer Kevin Clash Recants

According to The New York Times, the unnamed man whose claim of an underage sexual relationship led Elmo puppeteer to take a leave of absence from Sesame Street has recanted his allegation.

Moments ago, NYT writer Brian Stelter tweeted: “The man who accused Kevin Clash (Elmo) of underage sexual conduct has RECANTED. His lawyer now says it was “adult consensual relationship.”

Clash, who had announced he was taking a leave of absence from Sesame Workshop to challenge the accusation,  admitted to a relationship, but maintained it was when they were both adults, not when his accusor was 16, as he had initially claimed.

Now, Andreozzi & Associates, a law firm claiming to represent the accuser said in a statement that “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.”

Mr. Clash said he was  “relieved that this painful allegation has been put to rest,” but had no comment on when he would return to the popular children’s show.