A man who accused Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash of having a sexual relationship with him when he was a teenager has recanted.

The man originally said he was 16 when it happened, but later called it an adult consensual relationship, The Associated Press reports.

Clash, 52, announced he had taken a leave of absence from ‘Sesame Street’ when the allegations surfaced. He called them “false and defamatory.”

The Sesame Workshop statement said the puppeteer was “taking actions to protect his reputation” and that Sesame Workshop has “granted him a leave of absence to do so.”

After the allegations were made public on Monday, Cash released a statement saying the relationship between he and his accuser had been consensual and adult.