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Sesame Street Accuser

RECANTS

Underage Sex Allegations

11/13/2012 2:32 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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The man who claims he had a sexual relationship with Kevin Clash -- the voice of Elmo -- is RECANTING his story ... claiming he WAS an adult during their relationship after all.

The accuser's lawyer just released a statement saying, "[The accuser] wants it to be known that his sexual relationship with Mr. Clash was an adult consensual relationship. [The accuser] will have no further comment."

It's unclear why the accuser suddenly changed his story ... but sources close to the situation tell TMZ ... the accuser's attorney had been meeting with Clash's attorney as recent as an hour ago, discussing a financial settlement and 6-figures were on the table.

We broke the story, the accuser claimed he had a sexual relationship with Kevin beginning when he was 16 and Kevin was 45.

Clash has also released a statement saying, "I am relieved that this painful allegation has been put to rest. I will not discuss it further."

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16.

aquanet    

Like I said the other day, I wasnt going to judge him because something wasnt right with this.

672 days ago
17.

Kaveman    

I guess MONEY TALKS. Disgusting. Reminds me of the MJ days.

672 days ago
18.

Stan    

Keven I am sure glad this is "over" but I say the accuser.

672 days ago
19.

Gigi    

It is disgusting that this guy's plan paid off and he is getting rich off of this.

672 days ago
20.

Keith    

Where did the allege affair occur? In many States the age of consent is 16. In Europe the age of consent is as young as 14!

672 days ago
21.

She's baaaack    

"Rape" is a magic word. That word being bandied about is part of the reason why there are victims of rape who do not report it or even tell anyone that it happened. If that little weasel made up the underage allegations he should be sued for every penny he has and every penny he will ever have until the day he dies. If he had a relationship as an adult and lied to cash in, he ruined that man's reputation and cast a pall upon a really beloved character. What a shame.

672 days ago
22.

Star Whacker    

Money changes everything once again! Watch him now accuse Burt and Ernie of a three way. Always wondered about those two!!!

672 days ago
23.

Ron    

Great. So you douchebags run with unproven sexual allegations and have possibly ruined Mr. Clash's life. Great going TMZ. This kid is obviously lying because he wouldn't have been able to recant. In situations like this the state DA would've continued with the case.

672 days ago
24.

Jannie    

Whatever. This is disgusting on both sides.

672 days ago
25.

Lydia    

If Mr. Clash is innocent, then why would he even entertain meeting with lawyers about a financial settlement? To save his rep, so he doesn't have to deal with it further, to save his job? His job as Elmo is over. He should fight this if he is innocent!!!!!!!!!!!! Which, of course, obVIOUSLY, he's not innocent.

672 days ago
26.

Adrien303    

Guilt pay off. Just like Michael. Lets put the pervs on an island together. Plus the 51 yr old Doug molester.

672 days ago
27.

Kim    

So, this person said he would recant if Clash paid him. Isn't that called extortion????

672 days ago
28.

Gigohead     

Didn't know blackmail is legal now. Kevin didn't pay at first so then the guy went to media now Kevin cracks open his wallet and now pays up. It's sad.

672 days ago
29.

Rey    

The problem is that people will still choose to assume that the accuser was not lying in the first place.
People are going to swear he was paid off, threatened, in love.. blah, blah, blah.
This man may still lose his job due to the negative publicity... innocent or not.

672 days ago
30.

mary    

still - Elmo homosexual (insert voice, I know you will anyways). wow, Elmo could use big word. ps gay means happy

672 days ago
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