Update 2: The second accuser, Cecil Singleton, said today that he and Clash did not have intercourse when he was a minor, but did allege that they engaged in sexual acts including groping, masturbation, and "dry-humping." This underage contact lasted for about two weeks, Singleton said at a Tuesday-afternoon press conference, before they allegedly picked up the relationship when Singleton was an adult.
Update: Per Elizabeth Jensen and Brian Stelter at the New York Times, Clash officially resigned in his own statement, saying: "Personal matters have diverted attention away from the important work Sesame Street is doing and I cannot allow it to go on any longer. I am deeply sorry to be leaving and am looking forward to resolving these personal matters privately." We've also run across Singleton's Facebook page, where he posts frequent comments and photos but does not appear to have referenced Clash since he joined the social network in 2008.
Original post: Amidst a new wave of sexual-abuse allegations, Kevin Clash, the man who voices and operates the Elmo puppet, abruptly resigned from Sesame Street late Tuesday morning. Just as his initial accuser was recanting his recant, a second man has come forward, accusing Clash of engaging him in online chat rooms when he was underage. In a statement, the Sesame Workshop said that the controversy "has become a distraction that none of us want, and he has concluded that he can no longer be effective in his job and has resigned from Sesame Street."