NEWS CONFERENCE TODAY
Second child sexual abuse claim made against Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash
Lawsuit filed today by attorney Jeff Herman alleges voice of Elmo trolled gay telephone chat line rooms to meet and have sex with underage boys.
WHAT: Attorney JEFF HERMAN (www.hermanlaw.com), a nationally-recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, announces the filing of a lawsuit against KEVIN CLASH for the sexual abuse of a 15-year-old boy.
According to the Complaint:
· When CECIL SINGLETON, the victim in this case, was just fifteen years old, he called a gay chat line seeking friends. In this chat room, KEVIN CLASH, internationally known puppeteer and voice actor for the widely recognized Sesame Street character Elmo, began communicating with CECIL SINGLETON.
· During these telephone calls, KEVIN CLASH persuaded, induced, coerced or enticed CECIL SINGLETON to meet him for sexual encounters.
· KEVIN CLASH groomed CECIL and gained his trust by, among other things, taking him to nice dinners and giving him money.
· On numerous occasions over a period of years, KEVIN CLASH engaged CECIL SINGLETON in sexual activity. This sexual activity began when CECIL SINGLETON was fifteen years old.
The victim’s attorney, Jeff Herman, said: “According to our lawsuit, Kevin Clash preyed on vulnerable teenage boys, like Cecil Singleton, to satisfy his depraved sexual interests. By coming forward now, Cecil hopes to spare the lives of others like him and to begin his own healing process."
CECIL SINGLETON v. KEVIN CLASH was filed early Tuesday morning.
TODAY, November 20th, 2012, 1:00pm, at Hilton New York
1335 AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS, NEW YORK, NEW YORK, 10019,
Concourse B (downstairs from lobby)
WHO: Cecil Singleton and his attorney, Jeff Herman. Victim will be present and will speak to the media.
CONTACT: Kayla Repan 561-302-1692; firstname.lastname@example.org
HERMAN, MERMELSTEIN & HOROWITZ, P.A.
Attorneys At Law
18205 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, Florida 33160