Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash is being sued by a fifth accuser.
Kevin Kiadii, 25, is claiming that he had sex with Clash, 52, when he was 16-years-old; the two apparently met on a gay phone chat line.
According to the lawsuit, Clash initiated contact, sent a luxury car to bring Kiadii to his New York apartment “gave Kiadii alcohol and groomed him with attention and affection.”
The lawsuit says the sex was consensual, but the age of consent in New York is 17.
“As a 16-year-old child, Kiadii was not emotionally or psychologically prepared for a sexual relationship with a grown man in his forties,” the indictment says.
“As a compliant victim showered with attention and affection, Kiadii could not reasonably have been expected to know that he had been injured and that Kevin Clash had caused his injuries until calendar year 2012,” states court papers.
Attorney Jeff Herman is representing Kiadii, in addition to four other men who are claiming similar allegations against the former Elmo Puppeteer.
“The allegations in this lawsuit follow the same pattern we’ve seen before,” Herman said in a statement.
“Each of these victims alleges that Kevin Clash was a father figure who groomed them with attention before engaging them in sexual contact. By coming forward and standing up for his 16-year-old self, Kevin Kiadii has taken the first step in his healing process.”
Clash’s attorney, Michael Berger, tells E! News: “This lawsuit is meritless and barred by the statute of limitations. This case has been brought by the same lawyer, Jeff Herman, who brought three other similar cases in federal courts in New York, and we have moved to dismiss all three of those cases. Mr. Clash continues to deny any wrongdoing, and we intend to defend this case forcefully.”