Elmo puppeteer accused of having a relationship with underage boy

He's the beloved character of Sesame Street.{} Now, Elmo's voice could change.

The man known as the voice of Elmo is on leave from Sesame Street, after being accused of having an inappropriate relationship with an underage boy.

Kevin Clash insists the allegations are false and was granted a leave of absence from Sesame Street to take action and protect his reputation.

In June, the Sesame Street Workshop heard from a 23 year old man who claimed he was just 16 years old when his relationship with then 45 year old puppeteer began.

Sesame Street's investigation into the claims found no instances of wrong-doing, but the workshop did discipline Clash for exercising poor judgement and violating company policy.