Elmo puppeteer takes leave amid child sex allegations

THE puppeteer who performs as Elmo on Sesame Street is taking a leave of absence from the popular childrens' show over allegations he had a relationship with a 16-year-old boy.

Sesame Workshop said puppeteer Kevin Clash denies the accusations, which were first made in June by a man now 23.

"We took the allegation very seriously and took immediate action," Sesame Workshop said in a statement issued Monday, US time.

"We met with the accuser twice and had repeated communications with him.

"We met with Kevin, who denied the accusation."


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