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    The man who said he was underage when he had a sexual relationship with "Sesame Street" puppeteer Kevin Clash has now recanted that claim, the law firm representing him said on Tuesday.

    The Pennsylvania law firm Andreozzi & Associates issued a statement reading, "This office represented the 23-year-old man who was the subject of many media reports regarding Kevin Clash. He wants it to be known that his sexual relationship with Mr. Clash was an adult consensual relationship. He will have no further comment on the matter."

    In a statement of his own, Clash, 52, the puppeteer and voice behind popular red Muppet Elmo, said, "I am relieved that this painful allegation has been put to rest. I will not discuss it further."

    There was no word Tuesday afternoon on whether Clash would cancel the leave of absence he has taken from "Sesame Street" since news of the relationship surfaced.

    Sesame Workshop said in a statement: "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."

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    On Monday, Sesame Workshop issued a statement saying that the man had contacted them in June saying he and Clash began a relationship seven years ago, when the unidentified man was 16.

    "We took the allegation very seriously and took immediate action," that statement read. "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."

    In a statement to NBC News issued Monday, Clash said the man was of age when the relationship began.

    "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," Clash said. "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."

    Clash has performed with "Sesame Street" characters since 1979, when he played Cookie Monster in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. He became an official puppeteer on "Sesame Street" in 1984 and created character voices for puppets such as Baby Natasha and Dr. Nobel Price.

    Clash was not the first puppeteer to voice Elmo, but once he took over the character in 1985 and gave it a high-pitched toddler voice, the character became enormously popular.

    Clash was the subject of the 2011 documentary "Being Elmo," which documented his lifelong love of puppeteering.

    "Elmo is bigger than any one person and will continue to be an integral part of 'Sesame Street' to engage, educate and inspire children around the world," said Sesame Workshop.
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    Somebody shelled out a bunch of money!
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    So this guy ruins Kevin Clash's life and the press still doesn't name the lying POS?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockntractor View Post
    Somebody shelled out a bunch of money!
    Do you have more reason to disbelieve the recantation rather than the accusation?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Novaheart View Post
    So this guy ruins Kevin Clash's life and the press still doesn't name the lying POS?
    Sesame Street pays out a bunch of money and bend-over Elmo is soon forgotten, they don't want it stirred up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockntractor View Post
    Sesame Street pays out a bunch of money and bend-over Elmo is soon forgotten, they don't want it stirred up.
    The problem with that is that when you pay people to go away, many people assume that you were paying because you were actually guilty. You could be right of course. I'm more inclined to think it falls into a category more similar to that of false accusers of big celebrities and Catholic Bishops. You simply can't win by retaliating against someone that the public might see sympathetically by virtue of the fact that he would be so desperate as to make a false accusation which defames himself in a bid for money or sympathy.

    It's also quite possible that Dewey Cheatham and Howe were simply taking a shot at an immediate pay off and when confronted with an actual legal response that was going to cost the Plaintiff's attorneys upfront money, they begged off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Novaheart View Post
    The problem with that is that when you pay people to go away, many people assume that you were paying because you were actually guilty. You could be right of course.
    It's a strange deal, if I am right it's sad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockntractor View Post
    It's a strange deal, if I am right it's sad.
    See Michael Jackson.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockntractor View Post
    It's a strange deal, if I am right it's sad.
    The point is that you have no reason to have believed the accusation in the first place. All you know is that some unnamed person accused Clash of statutory rape, and then recanted. Moreover, what you have is an unnamed person filing a civil suit rather than a criminal complaint. It simply isn't reasonable to give this unnamed person automatic credibility when money appears to be the objective.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Novaheart View Post
    The point is that you have no reason to have believed the accusation in the first place. All you know is that some unnamed person accused Clash of statutory rape, and then recanted. Moreover, what you have is an unnamed person filing a civil suit rather than a criminal complaint. It simply isn't reasonable to give this unnamed person automatic credibility when money appears to be the objective.
    Do you feel the same when it comes to a woman falsely accusing a man of rape or does this only count when it comes to homosexual cases? Also, can't this be said of the case against the Catholic church? Oh, that's right. It involves the church so it was OK.
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