Elmo Left Behind on 'Sesame Street' as Actor Exits

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NEW YORK (AP) - Sesame Street's beloved Elmo character will continue despite the resignation of the puppeteer behind the character following sexual abuse allegations.

Fifty-two-year-old Kevin Clash resigned Tuesday after a young man sued him and accused him of engaging in sexual behavior with him when he was 15.

Clash did not address the allegations directly but said in a statement that he is "looking forward to resolving these personal matters privately."

Sesame Workshop says other puppeteers have been trained to serve as Clash's stand-in. The company said last week that "Elmo is bigger than any one person."

Toy company Hasbro says it is confident that "Elmo will remain an integral part of Sesame Street."

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