By Erin Strecker
Updated November 27, 2012 at 05:27 PM EST

A third accuser has come forward against Kevin Clash, the Elmo puppeteer who resigned from Sesame Street last week after a second accusation of having a sexual relationship with a minor.

This new accuser, known currently as “John,” 28, filed a lawsuit in Manhattan today, per TMZ. John accuses Clash of having a sexual relationship with him when he was still 16. John is represented by Jeff Herman, the same lawyer who represents Cecil Singleton, who last week also accused Clash of an underage sexual relationship.

EW reached out to a rep for Clash, who said, “Mr. Clash believes this lawsuit has no merit.”

UPDATE: Michael Berger, Clash’s attorney, told EW: “The federal cases filed against Kevin Clash are without merit. The cases and Mr. Clash’s reputation will be defended vigorously.”

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