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Fourth child sexual abuse claim made against Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash
Lawsuit filed today by attorney Jeff Herman alleges voice of Elmo paid for the transportation of a minor from Florida to New York for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity.
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 teenage boy.
According to the Complaint:
- In late 1995 or early 1996, KEVIN CLASH was visiting Miami Beach, Florida. At the same time, JOHN DOE, age 16 or 17, was in Miami Beach looking for employment. KEVIN CLASH approached JOHN, complimented him on his appearance, and befriended JOHN.
- Following their initial meeting, KEVIN CLASH returned to his home in New York, but remained in frequent contact with JOHN via telephone. During their telephone calls KEVIN CLASH lured JOHN to visit him in New York with promises to pay for his plane ticket, be a “dad” to him in New York, and give him cash and a free place to stay. KEVIN CLASH’s offer appealed to JOHN who was contemplating running away from home.
- As arranged, JOHN flew from Miami to New York in early 1996 at KEVIN CLASH’s expense. JOHN stayed for approximately four days in KEVIN CLASH’s apartment. During his stay, KEVIN CLASH and JOHN had sexual contact on multiple occasions. These sexual acts included KEVIN CLASH penetrating JOHN’s anus with his penis. KEVIN CLASH told JOHN he had difficulty penetrating JOHN due to a medical condition. On other occasions, KEVIN CLASH had JOHN perform oral sex on him and put his fingers in JOHN’s anus.
The victim’s attorney, Jeff Herman, said: “According to our lawsuit, Kevin Clash knowingly paid to transport a minor across state lines for the purpose of satisfying his sexual interests.”
TODAY, December 10th, 2012, 1:00 pm, at Herman Law
18205 Biscayne Blvd. Suite 2218, Miami, FL 33160
The victim’s attorney, Jeff Herman will be present.
CONTACT: KAYLA REPAN 305-931-2200 (OFFICE) or 561-302-1692 (CELL)
18205 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, Florida 33160