Jeff Herman (www.hermanlaw.com), a nationally recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, filed another child sexual abuse lawsuit this morning against former voice of Elmo, Kevin Clash. This lawsuit is the fifth to arise from the alleged sexual abuse of a teenage boy by former Elmo puppeteer, Kevin Clash.
Kevin Kiadii, the victim in this case, is now 25 and resides in New York.
According to the Complaint:
- In 2004 when KIADII was 16 years old, he went on a gay telephone chat line to meet friends who were also gay. KEVIN CLASH initiated contact with KIADII on this telephone chat line.
- KEVIN CLASH sent a luxury car service to pick up KIADII in Brooklyn and bring him to KEVIN CLASH’s apartment. Upon his arrival, KEVIN CLASH gave KIADII alcohol and groomed him with attention and affection.
- KEVIN CLASH and KIADII engaged in sexual contact, including penetration of KIADII’s anus. This was KIADII’s first sexual experience with an adult male.
- Upon information and belief, KEVIN CLASH frequented this telephone chat line with the intent of persuading, inducing, coercing or enticing underage boys to meet him for sexual encounters. Consistent with this scheme, upon information and belief, KEVIN CLASH did meet multiple boys for sexual encounters after chatting with them on gay telephone sex lines.
Kevin Kiadii v. Kevin Clash was filed today in the Southern District Court of New York.
A copy of the lawsuit can be viewed here.