Earlier this week parents, pundits, and Sesame Street fans were shocked to hear of the allegations against Kevin Clash, the puppeteer behind Elmo. A man reportedly came forward and contacted Sesame Workshop, claiming that Clash had a sexual relationship with him when he was 16. Because of the claims, Clash took a leave of absence from his duties at the Sesame Workshop. He did admit that he had a relationship with the man but it was when the man was of age, not when he was a minor.
But later in the week his accuser recanted.
“He wants it to be known that his sexual relationship with Mr. Clash was an adult consensual relationship,” reads a statement issued by the man’s legal team, Andreozzi & Associates. “He will have no further comment on the matter.”
Clash is keeping mum as well, saying that he will put the “painful allegation” to rest and “will not discuss it further.”
But has the damage been done? After the allegations there were a slew of jokes about the moral character of not just Clash but of Elmo. Will Elmo be able to recover from the bad press? What do you think? Do you see Elmo differently now?
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