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Mom confirms Kristen Stewart in same-sex relationship

“Twilight” actress Kristen Stewart is in a relationship with personal assistant Alicia Cargile, according to the actress’s mom and a report in the Sunday Mirror.

Jules Stewart told the Mirror she’s given her blessing to the relationship. Two years ago, Kristin Stewart broke up with actor Robert Pattinson.

The newspaper quoted mom as saying, “What’s not to be accepting about her now having a girlfriend? She’s happy. She’s my daughter. I’m just her mom so she knows I would accept her choices.”

Mom called Cargile “a lovely girl.”

Man recants story of teen sex with Elmo puppeteer

In a quick turnabout, a man who accused Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash of having sex with him when he was a teenage boy now says they had a relationship as adults and it was consensual.

The man, who has not identified himself, released his statement this week through the Harrisburg, Pa., law firm Andreozzi & Associates. It is not known why he made the accusation.

Sesame Workshop, which produces “Sesame Street” in New York, soon followed by saying, “We are happy that Kevin can move on from this unfortunate episode.”

Clash also responded with a statement, saying he is “relieved that this painful allegation has been put to rest.” He had no further comment.

Neither Clash nor Sesame Workshop indicated when he might return to the show, on which he has performed as Elmo since 1984.

The whirlwind episode began on Monday morning, when Sesame Workshop startled the world by announcing that Clash had taken a leave of absence from “Sesame Street” following allegations that he had had a relationship with a 16-year-old.

The 52-year-old divorced father of a grown daughter swiftly denied the charges of his accuser, who now is in his 20s. In that statement Clash acknowledged that he is gay but said the relationship had been between two consenting adults.

Though it remained unclear where the relationship took place, sex with a person under 17 is a felony in New York if the perpetrator is at least 21.

Sesame Workshop, which said it was first contacted by the accuser in June, had launched an investigation that included meeting with the accuser twice and meeting with Clash. Its investigation found the charge of underage conduct to be unsubstantiated.

Clash said on Monday he would take a break from Sesame Workshop “to deal with this false and defamatory allegation.”

Elmo had previously been a marginal character on “Sesame Street,” but Clash, supplying the fuzzy red puppet with a high-pitched voice and a carefree, child-like personality, launched the character into major stardom. Elmo soon rivaled Big Bird as the face of “Sesame Street.”

Though usually behind the scenes, Clash achieved his own measure of fame. In 2006, he published an autobiography, “My Life as a Furry Red Monster,” and he was the subject of the 2011 documentary “Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey.”

He has won 23 daytime Emmy awards and one prime-time Emmy.

Florida lt. gov. embroiled in same-sex sex scandal

An ex-aide claims in court documents that she was fired after finding Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll in a “compromising position” with another woman.

Carroll, commenting on the assertion, recently told WTSP-TV in Florida, said, “The problem is that when you have these accusations that come out, it’s not just one person you’re attacking. It’s an entire family. My husband doesn’t want to hear that. He knows the type of woman I am. I mean, my kids know the type of woman I am. For 29 years – I’m the one that’s married for 29 years. The accuser is the one that’s been single for a long time. So usually black women that look like me don’t engage in relationships like that.”

Carletha Cole is alleging that Carroll obstructed justice in an attempt to conceal her lesbian relationship with another woman, also a member of her staff.

The claim comes in Cole’s defense in a case stemming from her arrest after she allegedly distributed recordings at the state capitol without permission.

Cole, in her complaint, said that after she discovered Carroll and another woman, other members of the staff criticized, harassed and threatened her. At one point, the woman that Carroll allegedly was involved with set a fire in Cole’s workplace trashcan.

The incident was investigated and, according to Cole’s attorney, it “ended with Carroll signing a recommendation letter for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement agent who destroyed the evidence.”

Carroll, a Republican, has said that Cole’s story consists of “outright lies” and the Florida Federation of Republican Woman issued a statement in defense of the conservative politician. The president of the group said Carroll is the “victim of a vile, vicious and ludicrous attack from a disgraced former employee.”

Cole’s attorney, Stephen Webster, said, “If Cole’s story really is an accumulation of lies, and the signed recommendation letter exists, then the lieutenant governor needs to be looking for the person who forged her signature.”

He also said Carroll is “using her power as a politician, as a leader within the American government system, to trample on a fine person. Carletha Cole is telling the truth, but the powers that be are doing everything possible to silence her.”

The news release on Cole’s behalf stated that she is “a mother of two and grandmother of four. She has never before been accused of criminal behavior.”

The release also says that to join Carroll’s staff, “Cole sacrificed her place in the seminary program at Harvard University. An AME minister, Carletha Cole has led an extremely successful life both personally and professionally.”

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