Elmo actor resigns following sex allegation

Elmo actor resigns following sex allegation

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 19: Puppeteer and voice of "Elmo" Kevin Clash attends the "Let's Rock Elmo" Toy Launch at the Empire Hotel on September 19, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

KREM.com

Posted on November 20, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 20 at 12:41 PM

NEW YORK  -- The puppeteer who provides the voice and the movements for "Elmo" on "Sesame Street" says he's "deeply sorry to be leaving" the show.

Kevin Clash has resigned, in the wake of an allegation that he had sex with an underage boy.

Last week, the producers of the show said he had requested a leave of absence following a charge by a man in his early 20s that he'd had a relationship with Clash when he was 16. Clash denied the charge, and his accuser recanted a day later, describing his sexual relationship with Clash as adult and consensual.

But a lawsuit was filed today in federal court in New York accusing Clash of sexual abuse of a second youth. The lawsuit alleges that a man who is now an adult was persuaded by Clash to meet for sexual encounters when he was 15. The lawsuit seeks millions of dollars in damages.

In a statement, Clash says that "personal matters have diverted attention" from what he says is "the important work Sesame Street is doing." He says he's looking forward to resolving those matters "privately."
 
Sesame Workshop says other puppeteers have been trained to serve as his stand-in as Elmo.
 

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