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Elmo Voice Actor Kevin Clash's Accuser Recants Underage Sex Abuse Allegations

The man accusing Kevin Clash, the voice of Sesame Street's Elmo, of inappropriate sexual contact when he was 16, has recanted those allegations, TMZ reports:

2_clashThe accuser's lawyer just released a statement saying, "[The accuser] wants it to be known that his sexual relationship with Mr. Clash was an adult consensual relationship. [The accuser] will have no further comment."

It's unclear why the accuser suddenly changed his story ... but sources close to the situation tell TMZ ... the accuser's attorney had been meeting with Clash's attorney as recent as an hour ago, discussing a financial settlement and 6-figures were on the table.

Said Clash in a statement: "I am relieved that this painful allegation has been put to rest. I will not discuss it further."

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  1. I think the 2nd paragraph is misleading and probably won't be substantiated. Producers of Sesame Street had already stated that after interviewing the accuser twice they felt his accusations were unfounded.

    Posted by: Stephen | Nov 14, 2012 11:25:19 AM

  2. Money? You bet the 'kid' probably had that in mind, but who says it didn't occur as originally told and he simply wasn't paid off? That's just as probable. And if he made a false charge, will he be prosecuted? Everybody reading this knows we only have a bullsh*t version[s] of the story.

    16 is the age of consent in most states, but that's as long as there isn't a 2 years age difference, not between a guy in his mid 40s and 16 year old boy or girl.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Nov 14, 2012 12:01:01 PM

  3. The BBC didn't do anything about one of their biggest stars, a children's TV host no less, for many decades. It was an open secret what he was up to, and they ignored it, even enabled him continued easy access to children. Turns out this guy was a real sociopathic freak into all kinds of paraphilic sexual activity aside from pedophilia, including necrophilia. Just the rumors about him had been around for decades, yet the BBC, police, etc., did nothing except interview him a few times.

    It wouldn't surprise me if the producers of Sesame Street would look the other way. Religious institutions, academia from early childhood through HS and even college, youth sports leagues, etc., have been 'looking the other way' for a LONG, LONG time. $$$ talks.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Nov 14, 2012 12:07:39 PM

  4. As a gay man who had multiple male perpetrators, no amount of cash would help. All I wanted was that they faced up to what they had done and lived the rest of their lives conscious of their devastation to mine. Just like Sandusky, they never believed they did anything wrong:(

    Yes, I intentionally switched the hyphenated name.

    Posted by: Dr Ebing-Krafft | Nov 14, 2012 3:19:23 PM

  5. Whether or not Kevin Clash is guilty is somewhat irrelevant. His accuser is now 23, correct? That means he has let this go unreported for seven years.

    Without evidence of a relationship when the accuser was 16, whether it be unbiased witnesses, email/phone records, physical evidence, etc., is is his word vs the accused.

    Or are we so quick to judge and convict "without a shadow of a doubt"?

    When it comes to the accuser's actions of accusing, recanting, and recanting his recant... there are quite a few shadows here.

    Posted by: RJS | Nov 19, 2012 11:53:29 AM

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