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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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269 COMMENTS

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31.

MCSquared    

So we're supposed to feel better that Elmo is gay?

654 days ago
32.

Carl    

Pretty disgusting that someone would pull the underage card just to get some money. He should be the one paying Kevin since this will probably be a stain on his reputation for years to come even though he did nothing wrong.

654 days ago
33.

Lindy    

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.
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Why if it is not true?

654 days ago
34.

StarryStarryNight    

money talks.

654 days ago
35.

VictoriaGirl    

The fact still remains that this 47 year old man took advantage of an 18 year old boy. Its still creepy and wrong. Sesame Street should be ashamed of themselves for condoning this type of abuse. He should be fired and replaced with someone who actually has morals and values.

654 days ago
36.

koppertone    

I wonder what TMZ's settlement will be with Mr. Clash?

654 days ago
37.

peachpie    

I'm glad that's over and Kevin needs to bend over and kiss his butt he's cleared his name. My grandaughter has 2 elmos around here somewhere.

654 days ago
38.

SSinOC    

It was either tank Elmo or pay this guy off. I'm sure they're now looking for a new Elmo puppeteer.

654 days ago
39.

scandal@ungibungi.com    

dirtbag. Get your story straight.

654 days ago
40.

CLINT    

I find it funny that people on this comment site will bash gays left and right, yet continually come to a site that has a gay man running the show, and has a ton of gay people working for him. If some of you hate the gay lifestyle so much, why are you here making them money?

654 days ago
41.

Pockets    

Wow so here on TMZ, when someone is accused of pedophilia they're ALWAYS guilty? Even when the original accuser actually comes out and says they were lying? Oh he must have been paid to say that, or they threatened his life, jeez what world do you people live in?

654 days ago
42.

Emilio    

Wow that check cleared fast! Can you tell ME how to get to Sesame Street?

654 days ago
43.

kitnplayn    

If he was an adult, why is he getting a settlement at all?

654 days ago
44.

L    

I thought such payoffs were illegal since Michael Jackson used up all his get out of jail free payoffs to minors and their families.

654 days ago
45.

L    

I thought such payoffs were illegal since Michael Jackson used up all his get out of jail free payoffs to minors and their families.

654 days ago
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