A lawsuit against Kevin Clash, a puppeteer known for providing the voice of Elmo on "Sesame Street," was thrown out by a federal judge in Pennsylvania, Reuters reports. The suit accused Clash 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," the story reports. "U.S. 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 suit was filed in 2013, the story notes.
"A judge in New York previously dismissed three other lawsuits against Clash by men who accused him of sexually abusing them when they were under age. The New York judge also said the statute of limitations had run out," the report adds. "Accusations against Clash led to his resignation in 2012 from the job he held for 28 years as the puppeteer who brought life to Elmo, the red, furry monster featured on the international children's television series."