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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."


Kevin Clash, Voice of Sesame Street's Elmo, Takes Leave, Denies Inappropriate Conduct with Teen

Kevin Clash, the voice of Sesame Street's Elmo for the past 28 years, has taken a leave of absence amid accusations he had an inappropriate relationship with an underage teen when the teen was 16 and Clash was 45.

Elmo_clashCNN reports:

In June, the workshop heard from a 23-year-old man who claimed that he had "a relationship" with Clash beginning when he was 16 years old, the workshop said in a written statement.

The statement did not use the word "sexual."

"We took the allegation very seriously and took immediate action. We met with the accuser twice and had repeated communications with him. We met with Kevin, who denied the accusation. We also conducted a thorough investigation and found the allegation of underage conduct to be unsubstantiated. Although this was a personal relationship unrelated to the workplace, our investigation did reveal that Kevin exercised poor judgment and violated company policy regarding internet usage and he was disciplined," the Sesame Street Workshop statement said.

"Kevin insists that the allegation of underage conduct is false and defamatory and he is taking actions to protect his reputation. We have granted him a leave of absence to do so.

Clash released a statement yesterday:

"I am a gay man. I have never been ashamed of this or tried to hide it, but felt it was a personal and private matter. I had a relationship with the accuser. It was between two consenting adults and I am deeply saddened that he is trying to characterize it as something other than what it was. I am taking a break from Sesame Workshop to deal with this false and defamatory allegation."

TMZ also reports on an email exchange between Clash and his accuser:

In the email -- sent well after the accuser turned 18 -- Clash writes, "I'm sorry that I keep talking about sex with you, its driving me insane." He adds, "I want you to know that I love you and I will never hurt you. I'm here to protect you and make sure your dreams come true."

Clash continued, "I'll have my assistant book a ticket for you to come to NY and we can talk about this in person."

As we previously reported, Clash has acknowledged having a sexual relationship with the accuser but insists it only took place AFTER the accuser was an adult.


Sesame Street Asks Obama Campaign to Pull Big Bird Ad

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Sesame Street has asked the Obama campaign to pull the Big Bird ad it began running today.

"Sesame Workshop is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization and we do not endorse candidates or participate in political campaigns. We have approved no campaign ads, and as is our general practice, have requested that the ad be taken down."


Jon Stewart Previews a New, Conservative Sesame Street: VIDEO

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Jon Stewart suggests the "empty-headed puppets" on the right come up with their own version of Sesame Street. Call it Patriot Street.

Watch a preview, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Big Bird Stars in Sarcastic New Ad from the Obama Campaign: VIDEO

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"Mitt Romney knows it’s not Wall Street you have to worry about, it’s Sesame Street. Mitt Romney, taking on our enemies no matter where they nest."

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

UPDATE: Sesame Street has asked the Obama campaign to pull the ad.

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Conan O'Brien Visualizes Romney's Takedown of Big Bird: VIDEO

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These are Palin-esque tactics.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Sesame Street has responded:

Sesame Workshop exec vp Sherrie Westin scolded the next morning, on CNN.

“Sesame Workshop receives very, very little funding from PBS,” she explained.

“We are able to raise our funding through philanthropic, through our licensed product, which goes back into the educational programming, through corporate underwriting and sponsorship," Westin added.

Sesame Workshop, meanwhile, issued a statement Thursday: “We are a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization. We do not comment on campaigns, but we’re happy we can all agree that everyone likes Big Bird!”

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