Elmo actor Kevin Clash resigns, calling sex allegations 'distraction'

Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Sesame Workshop says Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash has resigned from "Sesame Street" in the wake of allegations that he had sex with an underage youth.

A man last week accused Clash of having sex with him when he was a teenage boy, a charge Clash denied. A day later, the man recanted his charge.

A lawsuit by a second accuser was filed Tuesday, according to attorney Cecil Singleton.

Sesame Workshop called the controversy surrounding Clash's personal life "a distraction that none of us want" and said it led to his decision to leave the show.

Clash created the voice and persona for Elmo, who has become one of the most popular "Sesame Street" characters.

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