Another Hiccup for the Voice of Elmo
An alleged fourth victim of sexual abuse by Kevin Clash, the former voice of “Elmo” on Sesame Street, has come forward.
Sheldon Stephens, now 24, claims Clash had sexual relations with him while he was a teenager.
“Clash smoked crystal meth while engaging in sexual activity with Sheldon,” the lawsuit said. “Clash also gave Sheldon ‘poppers’ as a sexual aide. While Clash had sexual contact with Sheldon, the chauffeur watched and masturbated.” “Poppers” generally refers to alkyl nitrites in capsule form that produce a physical rush when broken and inhaled: crystal meth refers to crystal methamphetamine.
Stephens was 16 when he met Clash in New York “at a social networking event for models and actors,” the suit said.
“Clash told Sheldon he would help Sheldon with his acting career,” it said.
Clash’s lawyer call Stephens’ claim, “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.” The federal statute of limitations on like crimes is 6 years.
Clash has claimed that the three previous charges were false, and that they had been relationships between “consenting adults”.
“I am a gay man,” Clash, 52, said in a statement in November. “I have never been ashamed of this or tried to hide it, but felt it was a personal and private matter.”
Each lawsuit contends that only during the last year did the young men experience severe psychological and emotional damage from their encounters with Clash.
“Clash was an adult male living a prominent public life centered around the entertainment of toddlers, while at the same time he was, in secret, preying on teenage boys to satisfy his depraved sexual interests,” the Stephens suit alleged. The Stephens suit is the first one to claim that the use of drugs was involved.
Columnist-The Guardian Express