Elmo Puppeteer Kevin Clash Cleared of Sexual Abuse Charges

The puppeteer who voiced Elmo for decades has been cleared of three sexual abuse charges.

In 2012, Kevin Clash was accused of abusing multiple men more than 10 years earlier. The allegations prompted Clash, 53, to resign from Sesame Street.

Sesame Street's Kevin Clash Resigns as Elmo

Kevin Clash, the voice and puppeteer behind Elmo on Sesame Street, has resigned.

“I am resigning from Sesame Workshop with a very heavy heart. I have loved every day of my 28 years working for this exceptional organization,” 52-year-old Clash said in a statement Tuesday.

“Personal matters have diverted attention away from the important work Sesame Street is doing and I cannot allow it to go on any longer. I am deeply sorry to be leaving and am looking forward to resolving these personal matters privately.”