Kevin Clash’s Accuser Has Recanted, Says Relationship With The Elmo Voice Actor Was Consensual

By: 11.13.12  •  20 Comments

Information on this has just started rolling in, but according to Brian Stelter of the New York Times, the man who accused Sesame Street’s Kevin Clash of engaging in a sexual relationship with him before he turned 18 has recanted.

I don’t know exactly what to make of this just yet, but I do know that I didn’t like living in a world where Elmo was accused of sex crimes. Let’s chalk this one up as a positive, to the extent anything involving accusations of improper sexual behavior and someone’s reputation being dragged through the mud can end up being “positive.”

UPDATE: The NYT now has the full write-up, which points out that TMZ was the first outlet to run the story, and closes with this nice little shot to the ribs of the gossip site’s top banana:

Harvey Levin, the editor of TMZ, did not respond to a request for comment about its decision to run with the unproven allegations of underage sex.

Yup. That’s a burn.

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