I didn’t touch this story when it first came out because it just seemed…fishy.
In June a 23 year old man accused the voice of Elmo, Kevin Clash, of having an inappropriate sexual relationship with him when he was underaged. Kevin Clash never denied he had a relationship with the young man but he maintained it was a relationship between two consenting ADULTS. The news broke Monday and by the middle of the day Tuesday the accuser released a statement through his attorney recanting his original statement…
“This office represented a 23-year-old man who was the subject of many media reports regarding Kevin Clash. 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.”
In response to the statement Tuesday afternoon, Clash issued his own statement , saying he is “relieved that this painful allegation has been put to rest.”
His friends over at the Seseme Street Workshop never did believe the allegations and offered him a leave of absense “to protect his reputation”. He got a slap on the hand for inappropriate use of the company’s email but other than that he’s good. No word on when he will return to work.