CNN is reporting that a man alleges in a federal suit that Kevin Clash, the puppeteer behind Sesame Street’s Elmo character, threw a crystal meth sex party for him in 2004, when he was a teen. Clash’s attorney calls the suit meritless and says it is barred by the statute of limitations.
Clash resigned from the show last year in the aftermath of a scandal in which several men accused him of having a sexual relationship wih them when they were underage.
Sheldon Stephens, now 24, is the fourth man to sue Kevin Clash, but he was the first one to publicly claim he had a sexual relationship with him as a teen.
Stephens’ lawsuit is “meritless and barred by the statute of limitations,” Clash lawyer Michael Berger told CNN Tuesday. “Mr. Clash continues to deny any wrongdoing, and we intend to defend this case forcefully.”
Although Stephens called it an “an adult consensual relationship” last November, the revelation triggered Clash’s suspension from Sesame Street and eventually his resignation.
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