The famed puppeteer who created the character Elmo on "Sesame Street" has resigned from the children's show, following allegations that he had sex with an underaged teen.
Sesame Workshop says Kevin Clash, 52, left the show because the controversy about his personal life had become a distraction and that "he can no longer be effective in his job."
Clash, a Manhattan resident, was accused last week of having sex with a man when the accuser was a teenage boy.
After Clash denied the accusation, the accuser recanted a day later.
A second accuser filed a lawsuit in Manhattan on Tuesday.
Clash was with Sesame Street for 28 years, creating the voice and persona of Elmo, one of the show's most popular characters.
There is no word yet on who may replace Clash.