Man who made claims against Elmo puppeteer recants story

(CNN) - Just one day after news broke that a man was making allegations that he carried on an underage relationship with the puppeteer behind Elmo... he's now recanting his story.

The man, who's now 23, claimed he started a relationship with Kevin Clash when he was 16. Clash, who's 52, stated that was never the case, and that it was a relationship between two consenting adults. His accuser released a statement through his attorneys Tuesday acknowledging that was indeed the case.

Clash says he's relieved the painful allegation has been put to rest. He had taken a leave of absence from "Sesame Street."


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