By: Brian Braiker
Kevin Clash, the puppeteer who has given life to Elmo on Sesame Street since 1984, has taken a leave of absence from the show amid allegations he had a sexual relationship with a teenage boy.
Clash vehemently denies the charges, made in June by a 23-year-old man who claimed to have had a sexual relationship with Clash when he was 16 years old.
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However, Clash has admitted that he had a relationship with the young man, but insists it only took place after the accuser was an adult.
In a statement, Sesame Workshop said an investigation into the matter "found the allegation of underage conduct to be unsubstantiated."
TMZ broke the news Monday that Sesame Workshop lawyers recently met with the accuser, who claims he and Clash began the sexual relationship 7 years ago.
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