The dude who has his hand up Elmo’s bottom for a living is being accused of abusing a minor boy. If only they allowed puppeteers could marry, this never would’ve happened.

Scandal and serious accusations hit the beloved children’s series Sesame Street. Claims of misconduct have fallen on the man behind the voice of Elmo. Kevin Clash who is an Emmy-award winning puppeteer and who has performed Elmo for Sesame Street for the past 27 years is denying claims that he had sex with an underage 16 year old boy.

E! Online reported that Sesame workshop issued a statement saying: that a 23-year-old man contacted the company in June alleging he and the 52-year-old Clash had a relationship seven years prior. Workshop reps say they met with the unidentified accuser twice and communicated with him on repeated occasions. They also met with Clash, who adamantly denied wrongdoing.

TMZ reported on their website this comment from Kevin Clash, Clash has acknowledged to TMZ he had a relationship with the young man — but insists it only took place AFTER the accuser was an adult.

Reportedly, Sesame Street tried to “muzzle” the young man. Wonder if the media will go after PBS. Probably not.