US man sues ex-Elmo puppeteer, claims sex abuse

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Associated Press

Posted on November 27, 2012 at 12:05 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — A man has sued the former Elmo puppeteer who resigned amid a sex scandal, saying the actor met him in New York after trolling gay telephone chat lines seeking underage boys for sex.

The lawsuit seeking unspecified damages was filed in Manhattan federal court Tuesday by a man who remains anonymous.

The man, now 29, is the third to make claims against Kevin Clash, who resigned from "Sesame Street" last week after 28 years.

The man says he met Clash on a chat line when he was 16 years old in 2000 and exploring modeling opportunities in New York.

The lawsuit says Clash had numerous Elmo dolls in his apartment when he met the teen for sex.

A spokeswoman says Clash "believes this lawsuit has no merit."

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