Today’s letter is “F” for false.
Turns out that those accusations that Elmo did more than just tickle from an anonymous 23 year old claiming the 52-year-old puppeteer Kevin Clash—iconic voice behind beloved character Elmo—was having sex with him when he was only 16 were not true.
Before we could come to terms with the idea that the innocent Sesame zip code was dirtier than Oscar the Grouch’s place of residency, the faceless accuser recanted his claims this afternoon. Speaking through a puppet of his own—the lawyers of Andreozzi & Associates who are representing him—says that he “wants it to be known that his sexual relationship with Mr. Clash was an adult consensual relationship.”
There’s no reason (or apology for that matter) explaining what brought about these fabricated allegations; there has to be more to it than just a grown man who missed that very special episode that taught us all how to count to “18” in our childhoods, but we’ll never know. “He will have no further comment on the matter,” the statement to Hollyscoop concludes.
Following the news, Kevin, who insisted that his relationship with the accuser was always adult and consensual from the start of this provocative assertion, released his own statement, which says: “I am relieved that this painful allegation has been put to rest. I will not discuss it further.”
Definitely not the type of Aesop fable we’ll see dramatized on the mean streets of Sesame anytime soon (“The Boy Who Cried Underage Sex Allegations”), the outcome appears to work in everyone’s favor as all parties try to forget it ever happened. No more letters on this issue in the future. Just a number: “0”.