Can Sesame Street’s Elmo Survive Ex-Puppeteer’s Sex Scandal? Jamey Giddens November 28, 2012 8 Comments The phrase "Tickle me Elmo" has taken on an entirely different and unsavory meaning. The New York Post is reporting a third man has come forth alleging former Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash had a sexual relationship with him, while the man was still a minor. The Post also published excerpts from the anonymous alleged victim's memoir. Wrote Clash's accuser: “When we first met I was 16 and there was no intercourse; however lots of heavy kissing and he showed me what it felt like to get on your knees and obey your man.” "Mr Tickler is what I will call him and the game we played was father and son."