Did Elmo Puppeteer Host a Crystal Meth Sex Party?
A federal lawsuit accuses the man behind "Sesame Street’s" Elmo of throwing a crystal meth sex party for a teenage boy in 2004, CNN reports.
Kevin Clash, the puppeteer and voice of the children show’s iconic red muppet, made headlines last November when he resigned from "Sesame Street" after Sheldon Stephens, a 24-year-old aspiring male model, accused Clash of having sex with him when he was under age. Stephens initially said he and Clash had "an adult consensual relationship," however.
"Clash smoked crystal meth while engaging in sexual activity with Sheldon," the lawsuit says. "Clash also gave Sheldon ’poppers’ as a sexual aide. While Clash had sexual contact with Sheldon, the chauffeur watched and masturbated."
Stephens is the fourth man to sue Clash, 52, but the first to publicly accuse the puppeteer that they had a sexual relationship. Clash’s lawyer, Michael Berger, told CNN that Stephens’ lawsuit is "meritless and barred by the statue of limitations" and that Clash "continues to deny any wrongdoing, and we intend to defend this case forcefully."
"Clash was an adult male living a prominent public life centered around the entertainment of toddlers, while at the same time he was, in secret, preying on teenage boys to satisfy his depraved sexual interests," the Stephens suit alleges.
Clash, who was the mastermind behind Elmo since 1984, acknowledged a relationship between "two consenting adults" when Stephen’s story was first reported. He added that everything else was "false and defamatory allegation."
"I am a gay man," Clash said after Stephens came forward. "I have never been ashamed of this or tried to hide it, but felt it was a personal and private matter."