A fourth accuser has come forward to file a lawsuit against the voice of “Sesame Streets” Elmo character, Kevin Clash, over underage sexual encounters.
In November 2012, 23-year-old Sheldon Stephens alleged that he had been in a sexual relationship with Clash which began when Stephens was 16. Sesame Workshop had initially been presented with the allegation in June, and its investigation found the allegation to be unsubstantiated.
Clash acknowledged that he had been in a relationship with the accuser; however, he characterized the relationship as being between consenting adults. Stephens later recanted his accusation, but two weeks later, Cecil Singleton and a third unnamed man made similar accusations, and they filed suits against Clash.
Now TMZ is reporting they have learned of a fourth unidentified accuser that has filed a lawsuit under the name of John Doe in a New York federal court.
In the suit the man claims he met Clash in Miami sometime around 1995 or 1996 when he was 16 or 17 years old. The man claims that Clash, who at the time was in his thirties, flew him to New York and gave him money and a place to stay. The man claims that during the trip the two had sex multiple times.
Acoording to TMZ the suit claims that the John Doe suffered tremendous emotional, mental and psychological damage as a result of the relationship.
The mans attorney, Jeff Herman, tells TMZ, “According to our lawsuit, Kevin Clash knowingly paid to transport a minor across state lines for the purpose of satisfying his sexual interests.”
Clash who had been married for 17 years to a woman and had a daughter with in 1993, resigned from being the voice and puppeteer of Elmo after the accusations of Stephens were made public. At the time, while denying any wrongdoing announced, “I am a gay man. I have never been ashamed of this or tried to hide it, but felt it was a personal and private matter.”