In news that should not come as a surprise to anyone, yet another man has slapped ex-Elmo puppeteer and pedophile Kevin Clash with a civil lawsuit. Three other men, who also claim they met Kevin on a gay phone chat-line when they were underage were coerced into sex with lavish gifts and trips, have filed similar suits. Expect a whole lot more victims to come forward.
In the latest case, the plaintiff said Clash approached him on Miami Beach, complimented his appearance and struck up a friendship. Clash returned home to New York, but stayed in touch with the teen, promising to be a dad to him. The youth, who was 16 or 17 at the time, had been molested by a teacher and was considering running away from home, according to the lawsuit. "These are all vulnerable boys. None of them had father figures in their lives and they were looking for that father figure," said [attorney Jeff Herman], who represents three of the alleged victims. The lawsuit says Clash paid for a plane ticket from Florida to New York in 1996 and arranged for a car service to pick up the teen and bring him to his upscale apartment, where he gave him cash and showered him with "attention and affection" and ultimately engaged in numerous sexual acts. Herman said he is poring over receipts and other documents to see if the car service was paid for by Clash's employers at Sesame Street. Clash's attorney Michael Berger said in a statement that "the lawsuit is without merit and we will vigorously defend the case and Mr. Clash's reputation." [...] Herman said the alleged victims didn't come forward sooner because they were afraid, but have found courage as others have spoken up. He said they are compliant victims who participated in the sexual acts, but didn't consent because it's illegal for a minor to do so. "Because they participated in the sex they feel like they're doing something wrong ... they're ashamed, they're embarrassed, not something they really want to talk about," he said. Herman said he's been contacted by several other possible victims and is vetting their cases.
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