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Third accuser sues ex-Elmo actor

Third accuser sues ex-Elmo actorA rep for Kevin Clash has denied allegations made in a lawsuit Tuesday by a third man accusing the former "Sesame Street" puppeteer of underage sex. "Mr. Clash believes this suit has no merit," spokeswoman Risa B. Heller said in a statement after a suit was filed in federal court in Manhattan, claiming a plaintiff identified only as "John" was 16 when Clash began a sexual relationship with him. The lawsuit contends Clash, 52 -- who popularized the character Elmo over the course of nearly 30 years -- enticed the youth to travel across state lines from New Jersey for sexual encounters at Clash's apartment.

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