The man who accused Kevin Clash of having an inappropriate relationship with him when he was a sixteen year old has recanted. Sesame Workshop stated “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.”
Andreozzi & Associates, the firm representing the young man, stated “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.”
The fifty-two year old Clash stated that “I am relieved that this painful allegation has been put to rest. I will not discuss it further.” Clash is the voice and actor behind Elmo on Sesame Street.
The young man accused Clash of committing statutory rape by engaging in a sexual relationship with him beginning at the age of 16. All evidence showed, however, that they began their relationship when the young man was 18. He is currently 23.
Clash is a life-long puppeteer. He was married, but divorced his wife back in 2003. There is no word of how Clash identifies regarding his sexuality.