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Former puppeteer Kevin Clash has been accused of having a third relationship with an underage boy. The third victim, known to the press only as John Doe, has filed a lawsuit and written an unpublished manuscript about his time with Clash, who provided the voice of Elmo on "Sesame Street."
Doe referred to Clash as "Mr. Tickler" throughout the manuscript, which has yet to be published and provides intimate details of their relationship. The boy was only 16 years old when he met Clash in person after chatting on a gay chat line in 2000. It was the first sexual encounter for Doe.
"The game we played was father and son. When I arrived inside, he greeted me with a pleasant smile and a big bear hug. I knew this man had coin," he wrote after visiting Clash's "gorgeous condo on the Upper West Side."
Once inside, Doe said, Clash offered him alcohol and things then turned physical. In the lawsuit, Doe claimed that the two "engaged in sexual contact including oral sex. This was John's first sexual experience of this type," his lawyer said.
Doe is seeking unspecified damages and joins two others in making allegations against the world-famous puppeteer. Cecil Singleton filed a $5 million lawsuit just last week and said that he and Clash had relations when he was only 15. The week before that, Sheldon Stephens made headlines by telling of his relationship with Clash.
In the wake of the allegations, Clash first went on personal leave from his job with Sesame Street Workshop but then quit. He has promised to fight the allegations and maintains that any relationships he had were legal and consensual.
Stephens, however, received $125,000 as part of a legal settlement with Clash. As part of the settlement, Stephens recanted his original claim and stated that the relationship he had with Clash was purely consensual. However, he has since said that he wants to return the money and says he stands by his original story.
Clash has remained quiet throughout the ordeal that continues to grow by the week.