Voice of Elmo's legal troubles deepen.
Another day, another lawsuit for Kevin Clash.
The Sesame Street voice actor has been hit with allegations from a fifth man accusing him of underage sex. Kevin Kiadii, now 25, claims Clash had sex with him in 2004, when he was 16-years-old. Kiadii says they met on a gay telephone chat line and Clash initiated the relationship. He claims the voice of Elmo sent him a luxury car to bring him to his apartment, then served him alcohol before they engaged in sexual conduct.
"This was Kiadii's first sexual experience with an adult male," states the suit, which adds that he suffered "severe mental, psychological and physical trauma" as a result. He is seeking unspecified damages.
Like the other four men accusing Clash of underage sex, Kiadii claims he did not realize the effects of the tryst until much later. Curiously, all five men only realized the damage inflicted in 2012.
"As a compliant victim showered with attention and affection, Kiadii could not reasonably have been expected to know that he had been injured and that Kevin Clash had caused his injuries until calendar year 2012," state court papers, using language similar to the other plaintiffs. Not surprising, considering all five are represented by the same attorney.
Clash, meanwhile, maintains his innocence against the charges. While he admits to having sexual relations with at least some of the men, he says the relationships were consensual and only occured when the men were legal adults.
The actor was dismissed from his long-standing post on Sesame Street last year, when producers decided to give him "time" to deal with his legal matters. Needless to say, he will not be returning to the show and Sesame Workshop bosses are already searching for a replacement.
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