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Kevin Clash accuser says sexual relationship was consensual

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Updated at 5:45 p.m. to clarify that Andreozzi is no longer representing the former accuser.

The sexual relationship between a 23-year-old man and Kevin Clash, the voice of Elmo, was consensual and legal, the young man's former lawyer said in a statement Tuesday evening.

Ben Andreozzi said his office formerly represented the man "who was the subject of many media reports regarding Kevin Clash." These reports said a young man accused Clash, now 52, of having a sexual relationship with him when he was 16-years-old.

Andreozzi said the man "wants it to be known that his sexual relationship with Mr. Clash was an adult consensual relationship."

Andreozzi told abc27 News that his firm is no longer representing the young man.

CNN has reported that, in June, Sesame Street's investigation into the claims found no instances of wrong-doing. However, they did discipline Clash for exercising poor judgement and violating company policy.

Yesterday, Sesame Street said Clash was granted a leave of absence to take action and protect his reputation. In response to the accuser's statement Tuesday afternoon, Clash issued a statement saying he is "relieved that this painful allegation has been put to rest."

Andreozzi said he will have no further comment on this matter. A phone call to his office Tuesday evening has not been returned.

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