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

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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