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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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166.

Swins    

So Clash paid the guy not to tell the truth. This is just a cheaper version of the MJ settlement.

673 days ago
167.

mw870    

Anyone else notice that the Sheldon guy says they had a relationship before he was 18, never saying he was raped, forced, our anything like that??? You complain about a rape after a few yeah, maybe. But you NEVER complain about a relationship, unless you're looking for money. He never once said he was forced or raped, or even a victim. They had broken up, an dude was broke. I really think Clash paid simply because he'd wanted sided to go away. Dude took the money because he'd simply wanted money. He never contacted police and neither did his lawyers, unlike the kids/victims in the Sandusky case.

673 days ago
168.

Mike    

Sick ***gots

673 days ago
169.

Kàt    

Elmo bangs boys. Now I know we're living in the 'end' times.

673 days ago
170.

berrygalbx    

People wonder where those 6 figures came from elmo is the most popular and reproduced character in about20

673 days ago
171.

berrygalbx    

Don't he look like answers wife hoops lol

673 days ago
172.

angie    

playing the voice of Elmo
has made this guy millions of dollars, but if he did do this when the guy was 16 , all the money in the world can't save his ass.

673 days ago
173.

mebrat24    

tmz is just trash,
leave out 75 % of the story but sounds good.

673 days ago
174.

phresh    

HA HA HA HA that tickles...lol FUNNY STORY, i actually met K.C. one night in dc, he invited me over using his superstar status as if thats supposed to impress every suitor. SO REALLY all i can say is thats what your ass get! you can get close to everyone especially bases everything off looks, steady looking for the next best thing to lay beside and you ended up in bed with a criminal...LOL ur fault and yours only should learn how to get to know people personally rather than physically, then you might make better choices about how close u let them...this dude wasnt underage, just a hustler tryna make some money and pulled the underage card like so many check hungry "underage" people

673 days ago
175.

Bobbert    

Stephens is pond s***. This is a wannabe gigolo who used extortion to line his wallet.

Good Luck to you Stephen ... we'll be reading about you as your life spirals straight downward. You cannot expect to ever have a chance at a legitimate career in this town if your only claim to fame is doing something like this.

The only crime Kevin is guilty of was to give you his heart and a helping hand. You could have had a life that most of us only wish for, but you chose the gutter route which is all you ever were, a piece of gutter trash.

Prove me wrong, Sheldon. Donate at least part of your "winnings" to a worthy cause. Or better yet, come out and tell the world that you want to start some kind of a phony foundation for all of the numerous victims out there. Kevin never victimized you, and you know it. Nothing you say or do will ever have any credibility whatsoever.

After the media attention to this dies down, you will be irrelevant. Good luck on finding a real job.

673 days ago
176.

Bklynangel    

He didn't want to sign it but he took the money.

673 days ago
177.

XRaac    

I am amazed no one has mentioned why did the elmo voice guy had to pay him? if he hadn't committed any crime. Both sides seem retarded. Just another gay pedophile here folks.

673 days ago
178.

b3lla    

oh well! I guess i wont be buying any elmo products anytime soon

673 days ago
179.

nope    

Clash is a sick son of a bitch. As an adult your supposed to have more common sense. To think screwing an under age boy, or any boy that's SIMPLY TOO YOUNG FOR YOU wasn't going to come back and bite him in the ass is just ridiculous. Pbs better save themselves and fire him. I know plenty of other people who can do an Elmo voice just go on youtube or google it. So sad Elmo is going to hell.

673 days ago
180.

bas1979    

$125K? That's CHUMP CHANGE to this guy and Sesame Street. If this were a true allegation they could've ripped a truly massive sum of cash from them. Of course he 'demanded' a retraction, who wants to be falsely accused of anything let alone being a child molester? If this were true he would've gone to POLICE and NOT Clash's paycheck writer. This guy has a lengthy criminal background and is out for cash, period. Stop spinning a tiny settlement and a retraction to make it sound like he's hiding something. This is what ANYONE would do. The guy was out for money.

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