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    Elmo Denies Teen-Sex Allegations

    ** FOR USE WITH AP WEEKLY FEATURES **   Kevin Clash, the voice and movements behind Sesame Street's Elmo, poses for a picture with Elmo Wednesday, Aug 16, 2006, in New York.  Clash has just written a book about his almost twenty years as Elmo entitled "My Life as a Furry Red Monster".  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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    First Petraeus, now Elmo. Sesame Street revealed in a statement that Kevin Clash, the voice behind Elmo, is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old. The show was told by a 23-year-old boy that he had an underage relationship with Clash years ago. Clash, 52, denied the allegations, saying that his relationship with the accuser was “between two consenting adults.” Sesame Street says that it has conducted an investigation with all parties involved, and so far the accusations seem “unsubstantiated.” Clash will take a leave of absence.

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