Kevin Clash officially parted company with Sesame Street earlier this month, but his resignation letter didn’t end his personal problems. In fact, they’ve actually gotten worse since he walked away from the show he worked on for decades. This morning, a third accuser filed a lawsuit in federal court claiming Elmo’s puppeteer gave him alcohol and had anal sex with him when he was just sixteen.
According to USA Today, the unidentified man, referred to as “John Doe” in his complaint, claims to have met Clash in the same way as the other accusers: via a gay chat line. Following the conversation, the defendant reportedly met up with the plaintiff, took him to his Manhattan apartment, gave him alcohol, engaged in sexual activities and stayed in touch with him for two years long distance.
After Doe graduated from high school, he reportedly moved to New York City, and he and Clash began a more serious relationship. It’s unclear why their time together ended or why the mystery man decided to come forward and make it a legal matter now, but if his attorney is to be believed, there will likely be at least a few more accusers by the time the case actually goes to court.
Regardless of how this case winds up being resolved, there will be no winners. Here’s to hoping everyone is eventually able to find peace of mind.
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