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The puppeteer who voiced Elmo for decades has been cleared of three sexual abuse charges. In 2012, Kevin Clash was accused of abusing multiple men more than 10 years earlier. The allegations prompted Clash, 53, to resign from Sesame Street. "I have loved every day of my 28 years working for this exceptional organization, he said in a statement at the time. "Personal matters have diverted attention away from the important work Sesame Street is doing and I cannot allow it to go on any longer." But the U.S. Court of Appeals this month threw out three cases, agreeing with a New York »

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