Accuser recants sex claims against Elmo puppeteer: report
US-ELMO:Accuser recants sex claims against Elmo puppeteer: report
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The man who claimed he had sex with the puppeteer behind the "Sesame Street" character Elmo when he was a minor on Tuesday recanted his claims, U.S. media reported.
The unnamed man, now 23, had originally claimed that Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash had a sexual relationship with him when the accuser was 16 years old, potentially engulfing one of the biggest childhood brands in an underage sex scandal.
"He wants it to be known that his sexual relationship with Mr. Clash was an adult consensual relationship," the law firm Andreozzi and Associates, who represent the man, told the New York Times in a statement.
Clash said in a statement obtained by Reuters on Tuesday, "I am relieved that this painful allegation has been put to rest. I will not discuss it further."
(Reporting By Eric Kelsey and Piya Sinha-Roy, editing by Jill Serjeant and Cynthia Johnston)