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Third Elmo Lawsuit Emerges Against Puppeteer

A third lawsuit has surfaced against Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash. The third accuser, known simply as John Doe, claims he and clash had sexual relations when he was only 16.

The unknown accuser, communicating through his attorney Jeff Herman added he met the longtime Elmo puppeteer on a gay chat service about 13 years ago and the two of them had sex at Clash’s New York apartment.

Last week 24-year-old Cecil Singleton filed a lawsuit against Clash for more than $5 million in damages, alleging that he and Clash had inappropriate contact when Singleton was 15. Clash resigned as the voice of Elmo after the first allegation—Sheldon Stephens claimed he had sex with Clash when he was 16. But Stephens recanted his story after reaching a settlement with lawyers, then changed his mind and said he regretted the recanting and that he was pressured into it for a $125,000 settlement.

The latest accuser said Clash identified himself as Craig and plied him with alcohol while they engaged in sexual activity in his Manhattan apartment—where the teen could see “numerous Elmo dolls and photographs of Elmo with famous people such as Beyonce and Tyra Banks.” Clash kept in touch with the teen, who moved to New York and continued their relationship after he graduated from high school and turned 18, according to the suit.

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