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Fifth Accuser Files Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Against Former Elmo Puppeteer

Kevin Clash And Elmo (Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images Entertainment)

Kevin Clash And Elmo (Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images Entertainment)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — There is more legal trouble for the man who used to be the voice of Elmo on “Sesame Street.”

Puppeteer Kevin Clash is being sued for the fifth time, accused of sexually abusing an underage youth.

According to a federal lawsuit filed in New York on Tuesday, Kevin Kiadii, now 25, said he was 16 when he met Clash during an online chat.

Kiadii’s attorney, Jeff Herman, said Clash sent a limousine to pick up the teen in Brooklyn and bring him to his Manhattan apartment for sex.

Herman represents four other youths who filed similar suits.

The attorney acknowledged his clients were compliant, but said the 52-year-old entertainer took advantage of young men by playing father to them.

Clash resigned from “Sesame Street” in November after taking a brief leave of absence from the popular kid’s show.

Clash was first accused of sexually abusing a young man last June, but the accuser later recanted the underage sex allegations.

Until his resignation, Clash had been the voice of Elmo since 1985.

His lawyer, Michael Berger, did not immediately respond to a call for comment.

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