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Sesame Street Accuser

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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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76.

Truth    

THE SKINNY BLACK KID RECANTED THE STORY TO COLLECT PAPER AND THE OLD BLACK DUDE PAID THE PAPER TO SHUT THE KID UP AND NOT BE CHARGED CRIMINALLY... THE YANKEE JUSTICE SYSTEM. WHO THE HELL NEEDS TO GO TO LAW SCHOOL... IT'S HOW GANGSTAS NEGOTIATE ALL THE F*CKING TIME. HAVE MONEY TALK. NO MONEY NO TALK. POINT BLANK!! #TRUTH!!

606 days ago
77.

kctiger1818    

Glad to see the truth finally come out. I'm glad Mr. Clash can now move on with his life. Obviously this was all about money. I guess the accuser must've grown a conscience.

606 days ago
78.

kctiger1818    

Everyone is assuming there was a payoff, but it doesn't say anything about that in this story. If there was such a settlement, it would be public record.

606 days ago
79.

CriticXtreme    

Still whatever the case, Elmo from this point on will now be known as "Elhomo". And this may hurt the brand.

606 days ago
80.

Lydia    

Why are some people saying it's obvious he didn't sleep with the guy from the email? What email? All I saw was a snippet that said sorry he was talking about sex to him too much.

606 days ago
81.

JP    

Haha! I always knew Elmo was a f a g

606 days ago
82.

Michael Jackson Was A Pedo    

So he took the Michael Jackson route and paid the victim to shut up. Not surprising, I guess.

606 days ago
83.

mebrat24    

Kevin is worth like 12 million, I am sure he did what was best for Kevin and Kevin's pocket book.

606 days ago
84.

Enlightened    

If CTW allows this cretin to continue in their employ after he has obviously paid off this young man, to gain his silence; and after he has admitted to a sexual relationship with a boy who, in the best case scenario, was still a teenager while having sex with a grown a$$, old a$$ man, then CTW is a disgraceful organization and every mother should boycott their Elmo products.

Over the next few years, once Americans get bulldozed into accepting gay marriage, the next step will be forcing us all to accept men having sex with young boys. The argument will be as follows: Gay culture is "different" and we straights just don't understand. Sex between old a$$ men and teenaged boys is "normal" in gay "culture." And since some states have an age of consent that is as low as 16, well, then what the hell. It is obviously POSSIBLE for SOME children to consent, so why not change ALL laws? Otherwise we are impinging on the "rights" of old a$$ gay men to seduce young, innocent boys.

We headed down that very path and, from the looks of things, we should be at that sad destination by the end of the second Obama administration.

606 days ago
85.

AnnieCamden    

Good thing Harvey's a lawyer because TMZ gonna get sued!

606 days ago
86.

munkey    

"In the email -- sent well after the accuser turned 18 " .... As we previously reported, Clash has acknowledged having a sexual relationship with the accuser but insists it only took place AFTER the accuser was an adult."

So the accuser was already 18 when they were sending emails. This guy knew what he was doing. Once he had seen that Sesame Street email address, he knew he was going to make money off of Kevin Clash. One thing you have to realize is the fact that he only got 6 figures. A couple hundred thousand dollars. Kevin Clash is worth more than that. Elmo has been around for a long time and with the different toys, books, dvds, clothes, shoes... etc. if Kevin Clash actually did do anything wrong, that price tag would be a lot more expensive. Most likely, that meeting went something like this: Clash Lawyer: You have nothing on our client. We have proof you were an adult. Mr. Clash will pay you said amount to leave him alone and to keep your mouth shut. Accuser: CHA-CHING!

It's sad. This guys reputation is ruined. There is a possibility that he may never go back to Sesame Street again and the accuser gets to go on his merry way.

606 days ago
87.

LISA    

The New York Times (Nov 13/12) on-line article on Mr. Clash is a MUST READ! Here is a little sample:


Tidbit #1) “On Sunday, he took a leave of absence when it became clear that TMZ was going to publish an article about the accusation of inappropriate and possibly illegal conduct.”


… and this: “The episode this week led to Mr. Clash coming out as a gay man, something he had not previously discussed in public.”


… and this, “The reversal came a day after the claim was published by the gossip Web site TMZ, threatening Mr. Clash’s reputation and alarming parents and other fans of the beloved children’s television franchise.”


… and ironically: "Harvey Levin, the editor of TMZ, did not respond to a request for comment on Tuesday."

606 days ago
88.

Mallory    

Geez....I could have gone my whole life without knowing this about him. My son loves the do***entary about this talented man.

606 days ago
89.

Kelly    

I wonder if Rosie O'Donnell thinks Kevin Clash should continue playing Elmo? I would LOVE to know what she thinks about it!

606 days ago
90.

LISA    

It would make no sense at all to pay him at this point. TMZ already ran the story - the damage is done!


Sesame Street has been filmed in Queens, New York since 1992. The age of consent for Sexual Activity in New York is 17.


Assuming the allegation took place in New York, the statute of limitations would have run out a year ago for criminal charges and one year after the alleged victim turned 18 for a civil lawsuit.


It would seem this kid had no legal recourse for compensation even if his claim was found to be true. I still think his motive was revenge and/or hush money.

606 days ago
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