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      Voice of Elmo accused of sexual relationship with underage boy

      Sesame Street Workshop has found sexual misconduct allegations against Kevin Clash "unsubstantiated."

      The man known as the voice of Elmo on "Sesame Street" is taking a leave of absence from the PBS kids show after allegations he had a relationship with a 16 year old boy surfaced.

      Sesame Street Workshop has found the allegations against Kevin Clash "unsubstantiated."

      In June, the workshop heard from a then 23-year-old man who claimed he was just 16-year-old when his relationship with then 45-year-old puppeteer began.

      Clash insists the allegations are false and was granted a leave of absense from Sesame Street to take action and protect his reputation.

      In a statement to TMZ, Clash said his relationship with the accuser was "between two consenting adults and I am deeply saddened that he is trying to make it into something it was not."

      Sesame Street's investigation into the claims found no instances of wrong-doing, but they did discipline Clash for exercising poor judgement and violating company policy.