Kevin Clash, the longtime voice and puppeteer behind Sesame Street’s Elmo, has resigned in the aftermath of allegations — which Sesame Workshop had previously said were unfounded — that he had an underage sexual relationship with a second underage boy.

In a statement released Tuesday, Sesame Workshop said: ...'the controversy surrounding Kevin’s personal life has become a distraction none of us want, and he has concluded he can no longer be effective in his job and has resigned from Sesame Street. This is a sad day for Sesame Street.'

The initial accuser has recanted his denial of underage sex with Clash and renewed his claims.