The news came just as a lawsuit was being filed in New York federal court this morning, accusing Kevin Clash of having sexual relations with Cecil Singleton, then fifteen and now an adult, who claims that he was persuaded by Clash to meet for private sexual encounters.
Here is the official statement from Sesame Workshop.
Cecil Singleton is the second person to come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against Kevin Clash. Earlier this month, an unidentified man claimed that Clash began having a sexual relationship with him when he was 16. Kevin Clash took a leave of absence when that news broke, with the man later recanting his initial story, saying that his relationship actually took place with Clash when he was an adult, and that it was consensual.
It is not yet known if Elmo will be retired from Sesame Street as well, as Kevin Clash is the only Muppeteer to have ever operated the very popular Muppet.