Just when you think it can’t get any worse, it does: Kevin Clash (pictured) of Sesame Street’s Elmo fame has been hit with yet another underage sex allegation, according to the NY Daily News.
Becoming the third lawsuit Clash would receive in two weeks, the anonymous “John Doe” claims that he also met Clash when he was 16 years old. At the time, Doe allegedly traveled from the South, where he was as a high school student, to New York to model.
During his time in the city, Doe allegedly met Clash, under the psuedonym “Craig,” on a gay chat line, where they reportedly spoke for a couple of days. Eventually, Clash would allegedly invite Doe to his apartment, and on seeing “Craig,” Doe realized that he was clearly older than 30 years old; Clash reportedly misrepresented his age to the teen.
At that meeting, Doe alleges that sexual activity did indeed take place.
Doe, who is now 29, also claims that he didn’t figure out who Clash really was until he met with him a few more times in 2003 and 2004.
According to Doe’s attorney, Jeff Herman, “He saw Elmo dolls, an Emmy award, and photographs of Elmo with movie stars.”
While some may want to immediately dismiss Doe’s most-recent allegations, a sticking point is that Doe had reportedly been writing a book about his experiences with Clash back in 2009. In a news conference that will announce Doe’s lawsuit scheduled on Tuesday, attorney Herman intends to present excerpts of the book.
Just last week, Clash was forced to resign from Sesame Street, after a second accuser, model Cecil Singleton, alleged that while he did not have sex with Clash as a minor, they did engage in “groping, masturbation, intense kissing, [and] dry-humping.”
Singleton also alleges that he met Clash on a gay chat line.
The day before Singleton announced his lawsuit, the first accuser, Sheldon Stephens, also a model, announced that he would NOT accept to the money and terms of the settlement he initially reached with Clash, which recanted his claim that he was 16 years old when he engaged in sexual relations with Clash. Instead, Stephens insisted that the underage sex he allegedly had with Clash did indeed happen.