Kevin Clash -- the man known as the voice of Elmo -- has taken a leave of absence from Sesame Street in the wake of allegations he had a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old boy, TMZ has learned ... allegations Clash adamantly denies.
When I was small, I love to watch Sesame Street and I like Elmo the most because he is so cute. But it is shocking that the voice behind Elmo, Kevin Clash had a relationship with an underageboy 7 years ago. That time he was 45 and this boy was 16 years.
Sesame Workshop honchos tell TMZ ... "In June of this year, Sesame Workshop received a communication from a young man who alleged that he had a relationship with Kevin Clash beginning when he was 16-years-old. This was a personal relationship, unrelated to the workplace. We took the allegation very seriously and took immediate action."