Poor Elmo: Earlier today, a third man announced a lawsuit against Kevin Clash, accusing the Elmo voice actor of instigating a relationship with the man in 2000, when the alleged victim was just 16. The accuser, who is going by "John Doe" for now, says he met Clash on a gay chat line, where the two talked for several days before Clash invited the teen to his apartment.
The accuser's lawyer, Jeff Herman, says "some sexual activity" occurred, and that the alleged victim met Clash again in 2003 and 2004, eventually figuring out Clash's real identity.
"He saw Elmo dolls, an Emmy award and photographs of Elmo with movie stars," said Herman.
Herman also notes that this accuser started writing a book about the affair in 2009 and that pages from the work-in-progess will read at a press conference Tuesday to announce the lawsuit. So that's something to look forward to.
This most recent accusation comes six days after Cecil Singleton, who Herman also represents, filed a lawsuit against Clash, and two weeks after Sheldon Stephens brought the initial allegations to light. Clash resigned from Sesame Street shortly after Singleton's allegations, saying he didn't want to create a distraction from the show.
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