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Sesame Street puppeteer Kevin Clash is facing a fifth lawsuit from a young man alleging sexual abuse.

Kevin Kiadii was just 16 when he alleges that the so-called voice of Elmo ‘groomed and co-erced him into sexual contact’, including full penetration, at his Manhattan home.

Speaking exclusively to MailOnline, ( a UK newspaper) Mr Kiadii’s attorney Jeff Herman revealed his intention to file the suit. He said: ‘By standing up now my client is standing up for his 16-year-old self. He wasn’t able to consent. He was a compliant victim and today he feels totally preyed upon and taken advantage of.’

In the lawsuit, filed today, 52-year-old Clash is characterized as a man who showed one face to the public, that of affable children’s entertainer, ‘while at the same time he was, in secret, preying on teenage boys to satisfy his depraved sexual interests’.

Speaking for the first time, Mr Kiadii, now a 25-year-old make-up artist, has alleged that Clash’s particular fetish was ‘to play the role of father’

How tragic and sad! How many more are there>?