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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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106.

Serpy    

Considering all the public and government funding that has recently been under scrutiny to pay for PBS and this show, I am highly annoyed that he is having his "assistant" book his lover a trip. That doesn't sound business related. They obviously waste a ton of money being *****. Also, we must be careful to keep the pedo's away.. This shoud be investigated further if he remains on set with all those kids.

672 days ago
107.

Raejean    

I always suspected there was something not quite straight about Elmo.

672 days ago
108.

UZURBRAIN    

Just because Clash is gay doesn't mean he is a bad man or doesn't possess morals. None of us know him personally to judge him. Not that we don't should judge anyway, even tho we do everyday. So what if the man is older than the false accuser, Older men date much younger women all of the time, Cougars do it as well. This man's character is forever damaged because of a jilted lover. Shame

672 days ago
109.

shadough    

Obviously, this person was paid off to recant. I l always knew Sesame Street was run by pedos. Last year the writer of the them song was caught with child porn and molestation. But because of they're of the liberal agenda, it's barely a blip in the MSM>

672 days ago
110.

bon    

So, the kid was 18 and the rich puppeteer was 47. That's just wonderful then. Thanks for making me cringe.

672 days ago
111.

Anna    

Paying someone off doesn't make the painful allegation go away. If it wasn't true you wouldn't have paid.

672 days ago
112.

Diane     

Now that Elmo has been sexualized in everyone's mind, I find myself so disgusted that there will never be another Elmo toy in my house. Sorry, honey.

672 days ago
113.

taz    

Does not make one bit of difference to me if the guy was "legal." Still VERY wrong that a man his age (45) went after someone so young (18). It's pretty obvious that the "accuser" got paid to recant, so he probably was underage he just won't remember now that he signed away his right to. Damn, Sesame Street is having a bad year.

672 days ago
114.

right    

We no watch anymore SS and any Elmo's program, and we put in the trash every dvd, movie and songs. THANK YOU NEWS. Thirty seven years educating our childrens, I can't believe, now I understand why more people no have clear identity and another problems.

672 days ago
115.

kola    

liar liar liar. another man rep tarnish because of some one wants money

672 days ago
116.

Bob    

This story should not get buried if it is true. I have my doubts, but I don't know all of the facts. It seems to have disappeared as soon as it came to light. It seems to me like the check must have cleared for a payoff to make it go away fast. I hope that isn't the case, but it seemed to disappear to quickly.

672 days ago
117.

mrmomsuperstar    

TheSmokingGun.com has the real story. More bull**** tabloid reporting by TMZ.

671 days ago
118.

kevinmariners    

I read that the 6 figures was a lie and that the accuser was dropped by his lawyers. See here ---> http://www.thesuperficial.com/kevin-clash-elmo-accuser-sheldon-stephens-xzavier-11-2012

671 days ago
119.

meow mix    

I love how the smoking gun shows how TMZ scrambled to save face after the guy was exposed as a liar and scam artist. Honestly TMZ- when are you clowns going to hold yourself accountable for the defaming crap you publish?

671 days ago
120.

RJNYC    

I hope Kevin Clash sues TMZ into bankruptcy.

671 days ago
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