On Tuesday, the accuser's lawyer released a statement to TMZ recanting his story. "[The accuser] wants it to be known that his sexual relationship with Mr. Clash was an adult consensual relationship," the statement said. "[The accuser] will have no further comment."
After denying the allegation, Clash, who has been a puppeteer on Sesame Street since 1984, was granted a leave of absence. He released his own statement Tuesday, saying, "I am relieved that this painful allegation has been put to rest. I will not discuss it further."