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Sex abuse lawsuit against former Elmo puppeteer dismissed

Published on Jun 21, 2014 1:36 AM
 
Voice actor Kevin Clash arrives with the puppet Elmo for the 2010 Peabody Award ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria in New York in this file photo taken May 17, 2010. A federal judge in Pennsylvania has dismissed a lawsuit accusing Clash, the puppeteer known for his work as the voice of Sesame Street's Elmo, of child sexual abuse. The lawsuit was filed by a man who accused Clash, 53, of engaging in a sexual relationship during visits to New York that began in 2004, when the man was 16. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge in Pennsylvania has dismissed a lawsuit accusing MrKevin Clash, the puppeteer known for his work as the voice of Sesame Street's Elmo, of child sexual abuse.

The lawsuit was filed by a man who accused Mr Clash, 53, of engaging in a sexual relationship during visits to New York that began in 2004, when the man was 16.

US District Judge Christopher Conner in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, dismissed the lawsuit on Thursday, ruling it had not been filed within the statute of limitations in New York. The lawsuit was filed last year.

A judge in New York previously dismissed three other lawsuits against Mr Clash by men who accused him of sexually abusing them when they were underage. The New York judge also said the statute of limitations had run out.

 
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