By A.D. Pruitt
A second man accusing Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash of seducing him into a sexual relationship when he was a minor was emboldened to come forward after the accusation by the first man was made public last week, according to the lawyer for the new accuser.
“He did not consider himself a victim until the other one came forward,” said Jeff Herman, the lawyer for Cecil Singleton, the 24-year-old who filed a lawsuit in New York federal court today claiming he was ‘persuaded, induced, coerced or enticed,” by Clash into a sexual relationship when he was 15 years old.
Clash, who has played the voice of Elmo for 28 years, resigned from Sesame Street today amid controversy about sex allegations against him.
A spokeswoman for Clash said he does not have a statement regarding the new claim.
A 23-year-old man had accused Clash of having a sexual relationship with him when he was 16 years old, but last week that first accuser released a statement via his lawyer recanting the allegations.
“He thought he was the only one,” Herman said of Singleton. According to the filing, Clash and Singleton connected on a gay telephone chat line.
Singleton, who is seeking more than $5 million in damages, alleges that he was seduced by Clash with dinners and money.
Sesame Street said today that the controversy had become a “distraction” from Clash’s job as the voice of Elmo.