Kevin Clash and Elmo last year (Getty Images)

Yesterday news broke that Elmo voice actor and puppeteer Kevin Clash has taken a leave of absence from Sesame Street in the wake of allegations that he had sex with a minor. And things are starting to get ugly... now an email exchange between Clash and his accuser, who is currently 23 years old, has surfaced on TMZ. The email is from 2010, and reads (in part):

"I'm sorry that I keep talking about sex with you, its driving me insane. I want you to know that I love you and I will never hurt you. I'm here to protect you and make sure your dreams come true. I'll have my assistant book a ticket for you to come to NY and we can talk about this in person."

The email was sent from Clash's work account (which Sesame disciplined him for) when the accuser was over 18, though he claims he had a sexual relationship with Clash starting at 16. Clash maintains he did not have sex with the accuser until he was of age, saying, "It was between two consenting adults, and I am deeply saddened that he is trying to characterize it as something other than what it was."

Meanwhile, The NY Post is running with the headline "RED DEVIL!," and yesterday the tabloid spoke to a Times Square street Elmo, who told them, “This won’t be good for my job.”