Looks like Elmo should be back to work soon after all: Only a day after beginning procedures to charge puppeteer Kevin Clash with having improper relations with a minor, his accuser has recanted and agreed to abandon the allegations altogether.
According to the law firm that planned to represent the man (who shall remain unnamed), “he wants it to be known that his sexual relationship with Mr. Clash was an adult consensual relationship. He will have no further comment on the matter.”
Of course Clash expressed relief through a spokesman, and Sesame Workshop responded in turn, stating, “We are pleased that this matter has been brought to a close, and we are happy that Kevin can move on from this unfortunate episode”. It would seem that the organization’s reported investigation into the matter was not simply an attempt to “discredit” the accuser after all.
Sometimes the threat of a lawsuit is just that–and nothing more.