Kevin Clash, the puppeteer behind beloved Sesame Street character Elmo, resigned last week after two men claimed he'd sexually assaulted them when they were underaged. Clash denied that he'd abused the men, but said the "personal matters" were distracting him from his work.
Now a Florida man has added to the accusations against the Muppeteer. The unnamed man claims in a new lawsuit that when he was 16 years old, Clash invited him to his apartment, got him drunk and then engaged in oral sex.
The Florida man, who goes by "John" in his suit, says he traveled to New York as a 16-year-old high schooler around 2000 to try to break into the modeling industry. He met Clash on a gay online chat forum, he says, and agreed to meet him after insisting his interests were "non-sexual."
Clash agreed, he says, but when he met the actor at his Manhattan apartment, he gave "John" alcohol and later convinced him to have oral sex. In the apartment, "John" noticed numerous Elmo dolls and photos of Elmo with famous people, he says.
The Florida accuser says their relationship continued after he graduated from high school and moved to New York...
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