Sesame Workshop says Elmo actor Kevin Clash
resigned, calling sex allegations 'distraction'
Nov. 20, 2012, 11:25 AM EST
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-age youth.
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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
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.
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Clash created the voice and persona for Elmo, who has become one of the most
popular characters on "Sesame Street."