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Ex-Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash's accuser drops underage sex complaint

April 17, 2013 at 10:24 AM ET

Kevin Clash with the puppet Elmo.
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Kevin Clash with the puppet Elmo.

Things are starting to look up for Kevin Clash. The embattled Elmo puppeteer, who's been pelted with a barrage of accusations that he had sex with underage boys, has now found some reprieve after one his accusers withdrew his complaint against the one-time "Sesame Street" bigwig.

In documents filed in U.S. District Court in New York on April 15 and obtained by E! News, the plaintiff, who is identified only as "D.O.," gave notice of voluntary dismissal without prejudice against the 52-year-old.

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However, Clash still faces lawsuits from three other men alleging that the puppeteer had sex with them when they were underage.

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Curiously, the most recent one was filed by the same man who first accused Clash of inappropriate sexual contact before later recanting his comments. He eventually filed a complaint last month claiming that he had engaged in a sexual relationship with Clash that began when he was 16 years old, and that their hookups were fueled by drugs.

Clash resigned from "Sesame Street" last November, saying that the scandal "diverted attention away from the important work 'Sesame Street' is doing."

E! News has reached out to Clash's attorneys for comment.

-- reporting by Baker Machado

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