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Third Man Claims He Had Underage Sex With Former Elmo Puppeteer

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Puppeteer Kevin Clash speaks during the "Independent Lens - Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey" panel during the PBS portion of the 2011 Summer TCA Tour held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 31, 2011 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Puppeteer Kevin Clash speaks during the “Independent Lens – Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey” panel during the PBS portion of the 2011 Summer TCA Tour held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 31, 2011 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (AP) — A Florida man has sued the ex-Elmo puppeteer who resigned amid a sex scandal, saying the voice actor met him in New York after trolling gay telephone chat lines seeking underage boys for sex.

The lawsuit seeking unspecified damages was filed in Manhattan federal court Tuesday by a man who remains anonymous.

The man says he met Kevin Clash on a chat line when he was 16 years old in 2000 and exploring modeling opportunities in New York.

The lawsuit says Clash had numerous Elmo dolls in his apartment when he met the teen for sex. The man, now 29, is the third to make claims against Clash, who resigned from “Sesame Street” last week after 28 years.

A spokeswoman says Clash “believes this lawsuit has no merit.”

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