Elmo puppeteer hit with third underage sex allegation

By Stephen C. Webster
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 15:54 EDT
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Elmo voice actor Kevin Clash (YouTube)
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A third accuser has emerged with claims that Kevin Clash, the puppeteer of “Sesame Street” character “Elmo,” engaged in sexual activity with a minor.

In a lawsuit filed last week, an anonymous man claims that Clash lured him to his residence for sex when he was just 16 years old, according to The New York Daily News.

The lawsuit claims Clash plied the young man, now 29, with alcohol during his first visit to his New York apartment.

The man also claims that Clash called him repeatedly after the encounter to arrange another meeting.

Clash’s lawyer dismissed the suit as having “no merit.”

The longtime puppeteer resigned from “Sesame Street” last week after a second accuser came forward with allegations of underage sexual abuse.

The first accuser, who came forward earlier this month, recanted his claim and said he and Clash engaged in a consensual relationship between two adults.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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