Allegations that sexual relations began between Clash and a now 24-year-old man, when he was 16, surfaced earlier this month, but were quickly recanted.

Clash’s accuser released a statement through a law firm declaring “he wants it to be known that his sexual relationship with Mr. Clash was an adult consensual relationship”.

Despite the makers of Sesame Street saying they were pleased the matter had been brought to a close and were hopeful Clash could move on from the incident.

However today Sesame Street’s creators released a statement saying: “The controversy surrounding Kevin’s personal life has become a distraction that none of us want, and he has concluded that he can no longer be effective in his job and has resigned from Sesame Street.

“This is a sad day for Sesame Street.”

Another puppeteer will take on the role of the much-loved Elmo character.

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