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    Elmo Accuser Recants, Says Relationship Was Consensual

    Following accusations that Kevin Clash — the voice behind Elmo — engaged in a sexual relationship with a minor, the accuser has recanted his initial claims.

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    According to Brian Stelter of The New York Times, the accuser has recanted his statements.

    The accuser, who continues to remain anonymous, issued a statement through his law firm — the same one that represented a victim in the Jerry Sandusky case.

    In the statement, the lawyer said it was an "adult consensual relationship" between Clash and the now 23-year-old man.

    The news comes less than 48 hours after the initial claims went public.

    Clash, who is still on a leave of absence, issued his own statement shortly thereafter.

    "I am relieved that this painful allegation has been put to rest. I will not discuss it further."

    More on the initial story here and a reflection on "the tragedy of Elmo."

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