Elmo actor Kevin Clash resigns amid sex allegation

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 20 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

Elmo and puppeteer Kevin Flash of the film "Being Elmo" poses for a portrait in the Fender Music Lodge during the 2011 Sundance Film Festival on Monday, Jan. 24, 2011 in Park City, Utah. (AP Photo/Victoria Will)

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

Last week a man 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 led to his decision to leave the show.

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

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