Man withdraws underage sex claim against Elmo puppeteer

A man who accused Kevin Clash, the voice and puppeteer of the “Sesame Street” character Elmo, of having an underage relationship with him has withdrawn that claim, his lawyer has said.

The law firm representing the accuser - who has not been named - said in a statement: “he wants it to be known that his sexual relationship with Mr Clash was an adult consensual relationship.”

Elmo and Kevin Clash pose for photographers on the red carpet at the Kennedy Center in Washington in 2011
Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash had taken a break from Sesame Street to defend allegations he had a relationship with a 16-year-old boy. Credit: Molly Riley / Reuters

The age of consent in New York is 17.

Mr Clash said through a spokesman: “I am relieved that this painful allegation has been put to rest. I will not discuss it further.”

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