A fourth accuser has come forward with a lawsuit against Sesame Street‘s former Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash.
Lawyer Jeff Herman, who is representing two of the three other accusers, has scheduled a press conference for 1 p.m. Monday to further discuss the new allegations.
According to TMZ, the new suit says that the unidentified accuser met Clash in “late 1995 or early 1996” in Miami at the age of 16 or 17. Later Clash flew “John Doe” to New York, and had sex with him while providing the young man with money and a place to stay.
The offer appealed to the boy, “who was contemplating running away from home,” according to the suit, which was filed in Miami.
“These are all vulnerable boys,” Herman said at a Miami press conference. “None of them had father figures in their lives and they were looking for that father figure.”
Clash has only admitted to having a relationship with his first accuser, but denied that it ever involved underage sex. A settlement was reached with Sheldon Stephens, the first man to come forward, but the other three men are seeking heavy damages from the Sesame Street star.
Clash’s attorney, Michael Berger, says in a statement, “The lawsuit is without merit and we will vigorously defend the case and Mr. Clash’s reputation.”