REJOICE! It turns out that Kevin Clash, the man who plays Elmo, did not assault an underage boy after all! The accuser recanted!
“[The accuser] wants it to be known that his sexual relationship with Mr. Clash was an adult consensual relationship,” according to a statement issued by the unidentified man’s representative, Andreozzi & Associates. “He will have no further comment on the matter.”
Clash said he was relieved to put the “painful allegation” to rest and “will not discuss it further.”
However, on Monday Kevin did state that:
“I am a gay man. I have never been ashamed of this or tried to hide it but felt it was a personal and private matter. I had a relationship with the accuser. It was between two consenting adults, and I am deeply saddened that he is trying to characterize it as something other than what it was.”
So, I guess we should assume that the accuser is just… an awful person. An awful people who inexplicably wants to destroy Sesame Street? Taking down Elmo just seems… it seems like the kind of thing a supervillain would do, honestly. So! We can all feel relieved, except for the fact that if you ever become famous and beloved, there are people out there who will attempt to destroy you, so do not feel relieved about that. Be vigilant all the time, and never love anyone.
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