NEW YORK (AP) — The puppeteer who performs as Elmo on "Sesame Street" is taking a leave of absence from the popular kids' show in the wake of allegations that he had a relationship with a 16-year-old boy. Sesame Workshop said puppeteer Kevin Clash denies the charges, which were first made in June by the alleged partner, who by then was 23. "We took the allegation very seriously and took immediate action," Sesame Workshop said in a statement issued Monday. "We met with the accuser twice and had repeated communications with him. We met with Kevin, who denied the accusation." http://news.yahoo.com/elmo-puppeteer-accused-underage-relationship-150143910.html Kevin Clash has worked with the Jim Henson Company for a long time...Elmo might be his most famous role, but he's done a lot more, from Labyrinth to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Needless to say, I honestly hope that this allegation isn't true.