More Elmo woes: 2nd lawsuit claims Kevin Clash had sex with boy

Posted at 5:02 PM, Nov 27, 2012
and last updated 2012-11-27 17:11:47-05

A second lawsuit has been filed accusing Kevin Clash, the puppeteer who provided the voice of Elmo on “Sesame Street,” of engaging in a sexual relationship with a minor.

In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in New York, a Florida man referred to as John Doe says Clash lured him into a sexual relationship in 2000, when the then-16-year-old came to the New York area from Florida to pursue modeling opportunities.

A third man has emerged to accuse former Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash of sex abuse.

It’s the second lawsuit to be filed against Clash this month. In a suit filed November 20, Cecil Singleton alleges that Clash “persuaded, induced, coerced or enticed” him to meet for sexual encounters when he was 15 years old.

Singleton and the latest plaintiff are being represented by attorney Jeff Herman, whose practice is limited to sexual abuse cases.

CNN attempted to contact Clash’s representative regarding the latest allegations but has not gotten an immediate response.

Clash, 52, resigned from his job on “Sesame Street” after the first suit was filed.

“I am resigning from Sesame Workshop with a very heavy heart,” Clash said in a written statement at the time. “I have loved every day of my 28 years working for this exceptional organization. Personal matters have diverted attention away from the important work Sesame Street is doing and I cannot allow it to go on any longer. I am deeply sorry to be leaving and am looking forward to resolving these personal matters privately.”

Earlier in November, another man who had accused Clash of engaging in a sexual relationship with him as a teenager recanted that claim, saying in a statement that it was “an adult consensual relationship.”

When the first accusation emerged, Clash acknowledged a relationship between “two consenting adults” but said the man otherwise was making a “false and defamatory allegation.”

“I am a gay man,” Clash said in a statement. “I have never been ashamed of this or tried to hide it, but felt it was a personal and private matter.”

Clash was the high-pitched voice of the iconic furry red Elmo, whom he played since 1984, winning Emmy Awards along the way.

He was the third Muppeteer to take on the role.