Initial accuser files another complaint against former Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash

By Dru Sefton

The first of four men who late last year accused former Sesame Street puppeteer Kevin Clash of sexual improprieties filed another lawsuit on Monday.

Sheldon Stephens had previously recanted his accusations against Clash, who resigned from Sesame Workshop in November 2012. In this complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in Pennsylvania, Stephens alleges a years-long sexual relationship beginning when he was 16 years old, and accuses Clash of drug use. Stephens also claims that as a minor, he did not have the capacity to consent to a sexual relationship and “suffered physical, psychological and emotional damages.”

In a statement to USA Today, Clash’s attorney calls the lawsuit “meritless.”

Read the entire lawsuit here.

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