According to TMZ.com, the man who was accusing the voice of Elmo, Kevin Clash, of having an inappropriate relationship with him while he was underaged, is now taking back his story. His lawyer has released a statement that admits that he WAS, in fact, an adult during their relationship.

There was no explanation of why the accuser suddenly changed his story or why he had originally claimed that he was 16 at the beginning of their encounters. However, TMZ.com also reported that lawyers for both sides were meeting tonight, and that there was a six figure financial settlement proposed. Clash has also released a statement saying the he is "relieved that this painful allegation has been put to rest" and that he will not discuss it any further.

Still awaiting a commet from Sesame Street. No word yet on whether Clash will be returning to his duties as Elmo.