This week's dropping of statuatory rape charges has been brought to you by the letters 'Y,' 'E,' and 'S.'
Kevin Clash, who has played the voice of Elmo on Sesame Street since 1984, was accused by a now 23-year-old man of having inappropriate sexual relations when he was 16 and Kevin was 47. Kevin admitted the relationship happened, but insisted it started when the boy turned 18. However, the accuser has shockingly withdrawn his abuse charges against the actor. "This office represented the 23-year-old man who was the subject of many media reports regarding Kevin Clash. He wants it to be known that his sexual relationship with Mr. Clash was an adult consensual relationship. He will have no further comment on the matter," said the accuser's attorney in a statement, according to E! Online.
Sesame Workshop, the non-profit organization which runs the show, also conducted a full investigation and concluded that while Kevin violated a company usage of internet policy, he did not engage in any inappropriate sexual behavior. "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," said the show in a statement.
Kevin took a leave of absence from the show to address the charges, but is now looking to return to work ASAP. "I am relieved that this painful allegation has been put to rest," he said in a statement. "I will not discuss it further."
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