Man withdraws underage sex claim against Elmo puppeteer

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 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.”