‘Sesame Street’ Elmo puppeteer takes leave amid sex scandal

The puppeteer and voice behind the character Elmo on ‘Sesame Street’ has taken a leave of absence from the children’s television show following allegations that he had a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old boy, producers said on Monday. New York-based Sesame Workshop said in a statement that its own inquiry concluded that the claim of underage sexual conduct was unsubstantiated, and that puppeteer Kevin Clash has denied any wrongdoing and called the allegation ‘false and defamatory.’

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