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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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dennis    

Elmo's toast.

614 days ago
152.

Marc    

Anyone else pissed off that our tax dollars payed for this?

614 days ago
153.

David Taylor    

It would be very interesting if the emails were released to find out if he had a relationship when he was 16 like he originally said. We know his name and age now, it would be very easy to do the math if we had the proof that the voice of Elmo is a pedo.

614 days ago
154.

gpzjack    

s***bag

614 days ago
155.

ypb    

You can't pay off a crime, weather its pedo or black mail OR both, why are the authorities not looking into this?

614 days ago
156.

Svielma    

Whats this world coming to? DISGUSTING!

614 days ago
157.

john    

I call bullsh*t...if he didn't want to sign the agreement and take the money he wouldn't have...please go away asap.

614 days ago
158.

Lauren    

I know Kevin Clash and he is the sweetest guy I ever met. I had the honor to work with him and I think this story is a bunch of b.s. He never made me feel uncomfortable.

614 days ago
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tal0822    

So let me get this straight. He lied, but instead of suing him for slander and defamation, you're paying him a ton of money? Ya ok, it was all a lie. Wink Wink. Unreal!!!

614 days ago
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Howard    

ZERO respect for Kevin Clash. Zero. What is he thirty years older than this wayward kid. And doesn't he (Clash) have a daughter. The whole story is pathetic.

614 days ago
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D_john    

That sick bastard! That was tickle me elmo time!

614 days ago
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Blue Lake    

Look what I just found. So this Clash guy ain't the only one-- http://www.thesmokinggun.com/mugshots/celebrity/hollywood/paul-reubens

614 days ago
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jdrk    

i don't get it. why are people allowed after years have passed to accuse someone of wrong doing. all these guys who have accused men of underage sex, the catholic church, penn state, elmo. where are all the public lawsuits of all young girls who have had the same experience. i'm not talking about female/male underage..female/female underage as in all these male/male lawsuits.maybe mitt romney knew something when he said he would delete funding for PBS.

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614 days ago
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ITSMEDAVID    

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614 days ago
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EatMe    

The only thing Kevin Clash is guilty of here is sh*t poor taste. This sheldon is clearly a worthless nobody piece of trash. What a joke that tool is! I hope he gets all that's coming to him....though he looks to stupid to realize it won't be the fame or success he thinks he merits.

614 days ago
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