Kevin Clash accuser drops lawsuit

One plaintiff has withdrawn his case, but four other lawsuits remain open

Published April 17, 2013 9:12PM (EDT)

A plaintiff identified as "D.O." has withdrawn a lawsuit against ex-Elmo voice actor Kevin Clash alleging child sexual abuse. The notice of voluntary dismissal without prejudice was filed in U.S. District Court in New York on April 15 and was obtained by E! News.

However, Clash still faces lawsuits from four other men, all claiming that Clash abused them as teenagers. The last accuser came forward only two weeks ago, and is represented by Jeff Herman, a Miami lawyer handling the cases against Clash. Earlier this month, Herman told the Baltimore Sun that "Each of these victims alleges that Kevin Clash was a father figure who groomed them with attention before engaging them in sexual contact."

By Prachi Gupta

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