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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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136.

Morado    

Wow really?

648 days ago
137.

Proud2bBlack    

Absolutely disgusting @ Klash and all the gay crap. The world has lost it's direction!

648 days ago
138.

baybek8s    

I see gold diggers come in all sexes and colors. Why sign the retraction AND accept the pay off if you didn't want to?

648 days ago
139.

catlanta    

pay up, chicken hawk ...

648 days ago
140.

Kelly    

If it's true that Stevens was openly crying and stating he didn't want to sign, the contact is not legitimate and the lawyers involved know that. They are barred from countenancing any agreement signed under duress.

648 days ago
141.

ypb    

Wait, why didn't sesame street report this to the Authorities and have them investigate this? Isn't that exactly what Penn State did wrong? and when does having a criminal past exclude anyone from being protected? high power lawyers and win the most unfair cases on pure strength, lets not BS. I don't care if he did sign, if sesame street IS not involved and this is just black mail, then let the authorities in, lets investigate from beginning to the end, lets not fail like we did with Sandusky, lets error on the side of children.

648 days ago
142.

Ace Albatross    

Can I put it in your butt?
*Elmo voice*

648 days ago
143.

PeopleSuck    

I wish Romney would have gotten rid of Sesame Street!!! Disgusting Freaks!!

648 days ago
144.

HumanNature    

Stephens was crying during final negotiations and repeatedly insisted he didn't want to sign


I GUESS YOU WAS CRYING THAT YOU WAS ONLY GETTING 6 FIGURE!!!!!!!


YOU BOTH WILL REAP WHAT YOU HAVE "SOW"!!!!


DEMONS

648 days ago
145.

miss baldwin    

if you was gonna back peddle why say **** at all and yoh should of ask for more money he knows he guilty and the world knows it too he messed over your childhood now make him pay pain and suffering

648 days ago
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Kowny Krush    

125 Gs - - - and C STILL won't be allowed back on Sesame Street.
C was obviously under the spell of a houng yung man with flat abs... which is ALWAYS trouble, no matter how appealing.

648 days ago
147.

kerrplunk    

He was crying cuz he wanted mo money!

648 days ago
148.

anazita    

Elmo is a freaking pedo. ewww.

648 days ago
149.

tjc    

How does someone working for PBS have the scratch to pay out 6 figures? No wonder Romney wanted to defund

648 days ago
150.

dennis    

Elmo's toast.

648 days ago
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