November 12, 2012 | 07:17 AM PST
Okay, so not Elmo… but the dude who voices Elmo! Kevin Clash is a 52-year-old Muppeteer who's handled Elmo since 1985, but a 23-year-old man has come forward saying Clash had sexual relations with him when he was just 16!
Clash tells TMZ, "I had a relationship with [the accuser]. It was between two consenting adults and I am deeply saddened that he is trying to make it into something it was not." Sesame Street is investigating the claims along with law authorities. As for Elmo, Sesame Street says, "Elmo is bigger than any one person and will continue to be an integral part of Sesame Street to engage, educate and inspire children around the world."
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