Late Tuesday night, just a day after the TMZ uncovered statutory rape allegations against Kevin Clash, his unnamed accuser recanted his story. Andreozzi & Associates, a law firm that said it represented the anonymous accuser, said in a statement on Tuesday afternoon that “he wants it to be known that his sexual relationship with Mr. Clash was an adult consensual relationship.” The statement added, “He will have no further comment on the matter.”

Through his own representative, Kevin Clash stated: “I am relieved that this painful allegation has been put to rest. I will not discuss it further.”

After the news hit, Clash took a leave of absence from Sesame Street to take care of his situation. Of course Clash was the butt of plenty of homophobic jokes, and for two days, “Elmo” was a trending topic on Twitter. Although Sesame Street did not give any indication whether or not Clash’s leave would end, they did release a statement: “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”.

Was this an issue of a scorned lover, or could there have possibly been merit to the allegations? Either way, this “scandal” will forever mar Kevin Clash’s reputation.

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