Voice of Elmo on leave after disputing sex abuse claims

The man who performs the voice of the popular muppet Elmo is taking a leave of absence from the long-running children's show Sesame Street.

Kevin Clash is accused of having sex with an underage boy. Clash is not denying the relationship but he disputes the timing.

The allegations surfaced this summer when a 23-year-old man alerted the show that he had an inappropriate relationship with Clash that began when he was 16 years old.

Clash claims it was a relationship between two consenting adults.

The show investigated the abuse claims and found Clash didn't do anything illegal but did say Clash did "violate its code of conduct."

Clash was recently the subject of a documentary about his many years voicing and performing the Elmo character.