Third Man Accuses Elmo Puppeteer Kevin Clash of Underage Relationship, Called Him ‘Mr. Tickler’

Third accuser steps forward in the former Elmo puppeteer, Kevin Clash, underage sex scandal. The unidentified accuser, now 29, said he used to call him “Mr. Tickler” and game they played was father and son.

Daily Mail:  The suit filed in Manhattan Federal Court today details how the accuser, known only as John Doe, was contacted by Clash on a gay chat line called Powerchat and they met in Clash’s upscale Manhattan apartment in 2000. The puppeteer used an alias, giving his name as Craig and claiming to be 30 when in fact he was 40.

In an explosive book manuscript revealed at a press conference in New York today and written by the alleged victim, now 29, he writes: ‘Mr Tickler is what I will call him and the game we played was father and son. We first met when I was 16 and there was no intercourse, lots of heavy kissing and he showed me what it felt like to get on your knees and obey your man.’

I expect more accusers to come forward. If the allegations are true, Kevin Clash should be arrested for child molestation and rape.

Sheldon Stephens, First Kevin Clash Accuser, Says Unfairly Treated by Media

Kevin Clash and Elmo, 92YTribeca 8/18/11

Sheldon Stephens, First Kevin Clash Accuser, Says Unfairly Treated by Media (Photo credit: 92YTribeca)

Former Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash’s first accuser, Sheldon Stephens, is speaking out and says he was treated unfairly by the media.

“I would like to say my name has been unfairly dragged through the media and it made me look like a monster. The whole world reacted in such a negative way and they haven’t really gotten a chance to know who I am and to even ask the right questions to figure out what kind of person I am. Rather, they reacted off of hearsay and rumors and speculation of the whole situation. The biggest misconception about me is that I’m a liar, extortionist.”

Watch Sheldon Stephens interview about Kevin Clash, media treatment:

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Elmo Puppeteer Kevin Clash May Face Charges, Accuser Cecil Singleton to Meet with Manhattan DA

Kevin Clash and Elmo, 92YTribeca 8/18/11

Elmo Puppeteer Kevin Clash May Face Charges, Accuser Cecil Singleton to Meet with Manhattan DA (Photo credit: 92YTribeca)

Former Sesame Street puppeteer, Kevin Clash, who was the voice of Elmo for decades, could face criminal charges after Cecil Singleton, who claims he had a sexual relationship with Clash that began when he was 15, is expected to meet with Manhattan district attorney as early as next week. The only hitch to this moving forward is that under New York State law child sexual abuse victims must come forward by the time they turn 23. Cecil Singleton turned 24 on May 24, 2012.

The NY Daily News reports Cecil Singleton met with NYPD detectives from the special victim’s unit Wednesday, one day after he filed a $5 million lawsuit against Kevin Clash. His attorney, Jeff Herman, said he spoke with the DA’s office about possible criminal charges shortly before filing the lawsuit.

Jeff Herman said he is currently vetting the stories of two other accusers. That would make four, after Sheldon Stephens came forward first, followed by his client, Cecil Singleton.
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Lawyer for Elmo Puppeteer Accuser Cecil Singleton Says Two More Victims Contacted Him


Lawyer for Elmo Puppeteer Accuser Cecil Singleton Says Two More Victims Contacted Him (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The lawyer for the Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash’s second accuser, Cecil Singleton, says two more victims have contacted him about inappropriate sexual relationship with him. Developing. Stay tuned.

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Elmo Puppeteer Kevin Clash Resigns from Sesame Street After Second Accuser Cecil Singleton Files Lawsuit

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Kevin Clash Resigns from Sesame Street After Sheldon Stephens Seeks Legal Counsel to Undo Settlement (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

BREAKING: Long time Elmo puppeteer, Kevin Clash, resigns from “Sesame Street” after a second accuser has come forward. This also comes as Sheldon Stephens, the young man he reportedly had a sexual relationship with, now says he wants to undo his recantation of their encounter occurring when he was underage. Kevin Clash had paid him $125,000 to settle the matter and to say the encounter occurred when he was an adult.

TMZ reports, Cecil Singleton, who is now in his 30s, claims he and Kevin Clash had a sexual relationship when he was 15-years-old. In his lawsuit he alleges “[Kevin] Clash trolled gay telephone chat line rooms to meet and have sex with underage boys… preying on teenage boys to satisfy his depraved sexual interests.” According to the AP, Clash has now resigned from Sesame Street, calling the recent allegations “a distraction.”

Here’s more information on the second lawsuit from Gothamist:

The lawsuit, filed in federal court in New York City, claims Clash “groomed [the accuser] to gain his trust by, among other things, taking him to nice dinners and giving him money.” Singleton claims he waited until now because he “did not become aware that he had suffered adverse psychological and emotional effects from Kevin Clash’s sexual acts and conduct until 2012.” He’s asking for over $5 million.

Wow, this is troubling, very troubling. How many more young boys did he allegedly target? I cannot look at Elmo the same way again. It is ironic that this lawsuit was filed on November 20, 2012, nine years to the date when Michael Jackson was booked on suspicion of multiple counts of child molestation. He was freed on $3 million bond and was later acquitted of all the charges.