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Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash is now facing sexual abuse allegations from a third accuser, who has also filed a lawsuit. The accuser will file the suit in Manhattan today and his lawyer says that he has written a book about his sexual encounters with Clash.
According to The New York Daily News, the suit will be filed under the name “John Doe,” since the accuser, who is now 29, says he doesn’t want his identity revealed. His attorney, Jeff Herman, says that he started writing the book in 2009.
The accuser came to New York 13 years ago, while he was still in high school and trying to start a modeling career. He met Clash on a gay chat phone line and Clash used the pseudonym Craig. He invited the accuser to his apartment, where they engaged in “some sexual activity.”
“He saw Elmo dolls, an Emmy award and photographs of Elmo with movie stars,” Herman said. They met again in 2003 and 2004.
E! News reports that Herman plans on holding a press conference this afternoon in New York.
Clash resigned from Sesame Street last week, after a second accuser, named Cecil Singleton, filed a $5 million lawsuit against him.
The scandal went public earlier this month, when Sheldon Stephens first accused Clash of having sex with him when he was just 16. Stephens later recanted his story, although there were reports that Stephens wishes that he could undo the settlement.