It looks like this Elmo puppeteer sex scandal will be over sooner then we thought, which almost makes up for the fact we had to type the phrase “Elmo puppeteer sex scandal” in the first place. Almost…but not quite. It’s only been a day since news broke that Elmo’s puppeteer Kevin Clash would be taking a leave of absence from Sesame Street following allegations he had had a relationship with a 16-year-old boy, but apparently his accuser has already recanted his story. “[H]e wants it to be known that his sexual relationship with Mr. Clash was an adult consensual relationship,” the law firm Andreozzi & Associates told the New York Times while allegedly representing the accuser, concluding, “He will have no further comment on the matter.” The only question now is, does anyone have one of those brain eraser thingies from Men In Black so we can all forget this ever, everyhappened? Because yuck. Good lord, yuck.
Clash had maintained from the beginning that, while he had contact with the accuser since he was 16, their sexual relationship did not start until the boy was of age. “I am relieved that this painful allegation has been put to rest. I will not discuss it further,” he said through his spokeswoman today. The Sesame Workshop also issued a statement this afternoon, declaring “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.” Great, so the rest of us only have to get through one more night of nightmarish Elmo-related double entendre and we’ll be all set! All set to never, ever, ever have to talk about this again!
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