Fourth Elmo Accuser Comes Forward, Files SuitBy: Amanda Crum - December 10, 2012
Kevin Clash, the longtime voice of “Sesame Street” character Elmo, can now add a third lawsuit onto the list of legal battles he’s facing after a fourth accuser came forward recently.
Clash was initially the recipient of some nasty allegations back in early November, when a man accused him of underage sexual relations; that man eventually recanted his story, then said he’d only recanted because he was pressured to do so. He later settled for an undisclosed amount to stay out of court.
But since then, two more men have come forward with eerily similar stories of how Clash invited them to New York after meeting on sex lines or sites and knowingly began “grooming” them for sexual relationships despite their age, paying their expenses and treating them to fancy dinners. Now, the fourth accuser states in his lawsuit that “Kevin Clash knowingly paid to transport a minor across state lines for the purpose of satisfying his sexual interests.”
Clash took a leave of absence from “Sesame Street” after the first accuser came forward, then eventually resigned; he has so far declined to comment on the subsequent accusations.