Elmo Puppeteer Vindicated, Accuser Recants Story
It only took a full day of media stories, but the man accusing Sesame Street puppeteer Kevin Clash of bedding him when he was 16, has changed his story. The unnamed accuser has recanted the tail, which pointed the finger at Clash for engaging in a s-x act with a minor.
The accuser's lawyer just released a statement saying, "[The accuser] wants it to be known that his s-xual 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.
Sesame Workshop, the company behind Sesame Street, conducted an internal investigation and found Clash guilty of no wrongdoing. The 52-year-old admitting to having a physical relationship with the man, but he was of age. "We are pleased that this matter has been brought to a close, and we are happy that Kevin can move on from this unfortunate episode," the company said.
After announcing that he would take a leave of absence from work, today, Clash expressed happiness over the new development. "I am relieved that this painful allegation has been put to rest," he said in a statement. "I will not discuss it further."
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