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Man recants sex claims against puppeteer

Los Angeles - 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, United States 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.

Sesame Street puppeteer Kevin Clash controls and voices Elmo on the popular children's show. Credit: Associated Press

“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.” - Reuters

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