Elmo actor Kevin Clash resigns amid sex allegation

Elmo actor Kevin Clash resigns amid sex allegation

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 31: Puppeteer Kevin Clash speaks during the 'Independent Lens - Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey' panel during the PBS portion of the 2011 Summer TCA Tour held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 31, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

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Posted on November 20, 2012 at 12:00 PM

NEW YORK (AP) -- Sesame Workshop says Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash has resigned from "Sesame Street" in the wake of allegations that he had sex with an under-aged youth.
 
Last week a man accused Clash of having sex with him when he was a teenage boy, a charge Clash denied. A day later, the man recanted his charge. A lawsuit by a second accuser was filed Tuesday, according to attorney Cecil Singleton.
 
Sesame Workshop called the controversy surrounding Clash's personal life "a distraction that none of us want" and led to his decision to leave the show.
 
Clash created the voice and persona for Elmo, who has become one of "Sesame Street's" most popular characters.

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