The guy who accused Kevin Clash, the voice of Sesame Street’s Elmo, of having a sexual relationship with him when he was a teen has recanted his story.  He released a statement through his law firm, Andreozzi & Associates, on Tuesday saying that he “wants it to be known that his sexual relationship with Mr. Clash was an adult consensual relationship.” The statement added, “He will have no further comment on the matter.”
“I am relieved that this painful allegation has been put to rest,” Clash said in a statement sent to FOX 411. “I will not discuss it further.”Still, the shadow of the scandal was an anomaly for the squeaky clean show and its normally behind-the-scenes “Sesame Street” personality. While the legalities involved with Clash’s relationship appear to have been settled, having a sex scandal linked to one of the most beloved kids’ characters of all time has left some with a bad taste in their mouth.”So Elmo is apparently NOT a child molester. But a May / December romance with a puppet is still really creepy,” one user tweeted.Another Twitter user chimed in: “Kevin Clash’s accuser may have recanted, but the damage is done. Elmo will never be the same.Clash has a daughter and was once married, according to his IMDB profile. He is also the highest-paid Muppeteer ever, according to the database.

Sounds like a payoff to me, don’t you think??