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Kevin Clash (Voice of Elmo)

Pays Accuser 6 Figures ...

Demanded Public Retraction of Underage Sex Claim

11/17/2012 11:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1116-elmo-kevin-clash-sheldon-stephensKevin Clash -- the voice of Elmo -- agreed to pay his accuser $125,000, with one string attached -- that the accuser recant his story that Clash had sex with him when he was a minor ... TMZ has learned.

TMZ broke the story ... Sheldon Stephens alleged he was only 16 when Clash began a sexual affair with him. Clash has acknowledged an affair, but insists it started when Stephens -- now 23 -- was an adult.

Multiple sources tell TMZ ... hours before Stephens recanted his underage sex allegation, a settlement was struck between the two parties. Under the terms of the settlement, Clash agreed to pay Stephens 125k. But the settlement then provides the following:

"Stephens agrees that immediately upon execution of this Agreement, his counsel, Andreozzi & Associates, P.C., shall release the [following] statement ... 'He [Stephens] wants it to be known that his sexual relationship with Mr. Clash was an adult consensual relationship.'"

The settlement document goes on to say if Stephens is asked by anyone about his relationship with Clash, he must only repeat the statement [above] in the settlement that recants his story.

We've learned although Stephens signed the document, he continues to insist Clash had sex with him when he was a minor and was pressured into signing the settlement.

One source privy to the negotiations tells TMZ ... Stephens was crying during final negotiations and repeatedly insisted he didn't want to sign.

We contacted Clash's lawyer, but he had no comment.

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Scooter    

He shouldn't of signed then

650 days ago
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rhode    

"Stephens was crying during final negotiations and repeatedly insisted he didn't want to sign." Then he shouldn't have!

650 days ago
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bb    

This REALLY sucks for Kevin Clash - man, I really feel bad for him. All the evidence suggests that this guy was 18 plus at the time of the sexual relationship, and the Sheldon guy probably shaved off a few years for the attention/money, esp given his past record as a gold digger. It doesn't matter though, because the damage is already done forever in the public consciousness since the issue is so sensitive, and now his career as a puppeteer is most likely over. Was it a dumb move on Clash's part? Considering the age gap, yes. Was it illegal? No. Is this pedophilia? No way. Should this have been anyone's business but his own? no.

650 days ago
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ohboy    

Amazing the hypocrisy of the reaction of people. When the offender is a female and the victim is a 16 year old boy, people seem to not care......but now that the offender is a man, people call him a pedophile. You should ALL take a good look at yourselves for that explanation.

650 days ago
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Stiletto    

When did he cry the hardest...during the negotiations...or during the many drives up the hershey highway?

650 days ago
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cherry    

Unless somebody was holding a gun to his head, I don't see why he would sign it if he didn't want to.

650 days ago
7.

Lala    

Lemme get this straight...His lawyer ALLOWED him to sign a settlement do***ent under duress? Lol. It's a classic shakedown. The boy is about to go after the lawyer now.

650 days ago
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RedwoodPerch    

This sounds like bribery from one viewpoint and from the other viewpoint is sounds like extortion. And no criminal charges are filed... just gotta love this justice system.

650 days ago
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Toallthehatersoftheworld    

Male groupie

650 days ago
10.

NOT ELMO    

they had anal sex over 1,000 times, no more constipation, it seems........lol

650 days ago
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IKnowthismuch    

Aww come on TMZ, you know that he signed the do***ents because Kevin's investigators found out that he has been arrested several times and even his mother is in jail foe stabbing someone. He even stole $250,000 worth of diamonds from a very famous man in Hollywood - why haven't your snap journalist reported on this? Funny that all of the black gossip websites know all this but you are trying to destroy this man with out one ounce of proof that a six figure deal was even reached. Your journalist have become very sloppy in their selective reporting or is it sloppy editing by you, Charles and several others there that refuse to do their "homework" properly? Y'all rather spend time watching porn videos S part of what you all call research. Hmmmm, don't deny it!

650 days ago
12.

Reg    

The expression on Elmo's face in that pic , tells me everything I need to know.

650 days ago
13.

steve    

Elmo this explains your I love MEAT bumper sticker. U can tickle me for a rollback price of 25gs elmo. im not underage but I am a male. lol jk...kinda

650 days ago
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Reg    

That "BOY" Would have been a Nubian Prince back in the day.

650 days ago
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renae    

If he didn't want to sign, why did he sign? Now sources are saying that the Elmo man forced him to recant his story for .....$125,000? What about justice being served...hmmmm? Don't know if this is true or if your well connected source (who I hope you're not paying for this info) is attempting to make the young adult male accuser NOT look like he was blackmailing/extorting the accused, especially after his criminal record was exposed online. If its the latter, That's a fail. That's also unfortunate if the accuser is telling the truth, it just looks shady.

BTW, does this info TMZ acquired breach their "agreement"? If he's supposed to only say he wasn't a minor but you print he insists he was....isn't that a breach of some sort?

650 days ago
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