Jeff Herman – who represents sex abuse victims against the Roman Catholic Church and the Boy Scouts of America – today announced his newest client: Cecil Singleton, the latest accuser against the voice of Elmo, Kevin Clash.
Lawsuit filed today by attorney Jeff Herman alleges voice of Elmo trolled gay telephone chat line rooms to meet and have sex with underage boys.
WHAT: Attorney JEFF HERMAN (www.hermanlaw.com), a nationally-recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, announces the filing of a lawsuit against KEVIN CLASH for the sexual abuse of a 15-year-old boy.
According to the Complaint:
- When CECIL SINGLETON, the victim in this case, was just fifteen years old, he called a gay chat line seeking friends. In this chat room, KEVIN CLASH, internationally known puppeteer and voice actor for the widely recognized Sesame Street character Elmo, began communicating with CECIL SINGLETON.
- During these telephone calls, KEVIN CLASH persuaded, induced, coerced or enticed CECIL SINGLETON to meet him for sexual encounters.
- KEVIN CLASH groomed CECIL and gained his trust by, among other things, taking him to nice dinners and giving him money.
- On numerous occasions over a period of years, KEVIN CLASH engaged CECIL SINGLETON in sexual activity. This sexual activity began when CECIL SINGLETON was fifteen years old.
The victim’s attorney, Jeff Herman, said: “According to our lawsuit, Kevin Clash preyed on vulnerable teenage boys, like Cecil Singleton, to satisfy his depraved sexual interests. By coming forward now, Cecil hopes to spare the lives of others like him and to begin his own healing process."
CECIL SINGLETON v. KEVIN CLASH was filed early Tuesday morning.
Singleton is seeking more than $5 million in damages, according to media reports.
NEW YORK (AP) – Sesame Workshop says Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash has resigned from “Sesame Street” in the wake of allegations that he had sex with an under-aged youth.
Last week a man accused Clash of having sex with him when he was a teenage boy, a charge Clash denied. A day later, the man recanted his charge. A lawsuit by a second accuser was filed Tuesday, according to attorney Cecil Singleton.
Sesame Workshop called the controversy surrounding Clash's personal life “a distraction that none of us want” and led to his decision to leave the show.
Clash created the voice and persona for Elmo, who has become one of “Sesame Street's” most popular characters.
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