Elmo Puppeteer Resigns

    FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2011 file photo, Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash poses with the "Sesame Street" muppet in the Fender Music Lodge during the 2011 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The man who accused Clash of having sex with him when he was a teen now says it isn't so. The man said in a statement released on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012 that his sexual relationship with Clash was adult and consensual. (AP Photo/Victoria Will, File)

    Victoria Will / AP Photo

    Bad news for LOL Elmo sales. Kevin Clash, the Elmo puppeteer, resigned on Tuesday after a second accuser came forward saying he had underage sex with Clash. Sesame Workshop said in a statement that the allegations against Clash are a “distraction” and that “he can no longer be effective at his job.” The new allegation comes on the heels of a redaction of the recantation of allegations against the voice of Elmo after the initial accuser said he was “pressured” into taking back what he said. TMZ reports that the second man, now 30, has filed a $5 million suit against Clash, saying that they met on a gay phone-chat service in 1993, when he was 15. The accuser also says that Clash preyed on young boys while on Sesame Street.

    Read it at The New York Times