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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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181.

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.

518 days ago
182.

manbearpig    

no way does someone pay that kind of money when you are innocent. this is a guilty payout to hush up.
he definitely buttfuked that guy when he was a little kid.

518 days ago
183.

MyTmar    

Yeah I bet he was crying......all the way to the bank lol !

518 days ago
184.

Bigdwnbottom    

Elmo is a booty bandit. Why oh why

517 days ago
185.

Jerjer1971    

I am sick of people going after someone famous for money for something that happened years ago! I mean Kevin grew up on Sesame street and worked for years with kids and puppets before becoming head puppeteer for the Henson Company. He is a happy married father of a daughter who he missed most of the time when performing on the road. He has done so much for the world of puppets and kids even travelling far away to visit kids who are with Make-A-Wish-Foundation with Elmo and gets very emotional and is a dedicated father and master of his art! TMZ should be layed to rest they are stalkers plan and simple. Leave this man alone. Yes he paid the punk kid but so would I if that was me just to shut him up. I still have a great fondness for Kevin Clash, not only gave us Elmo and many other puppets but he also created the Baby on Dinosaurs (Got to love me voice). Oh and by the way Kevin not only does the voices but controls the puppet so watch his Bio "Being Elmo" on DVD and then you decide!! Thanks

517 days ago
186.

MurdermurdermurderKillkillkill    

I'm a racist straight man and that kid's damn good looking. At least he got his money's worth.

517 days ago
187.

lori paster    

if he did not want to sign, he did not have to sign. No one can force him to sign! In fact, no one can force you to lie! Signing a do***ent based on a lie would not hold up under legal scrutiny. So...either he is a dumb little craphead or he was lying, take your pick.

517 days ago
188.

Greg    

Who in there right mind would want to have sex with Michael Jackson? Lisa Marie was concerned about her father's song book. So she had a motive. And it was in her best interest to say that they had sex together. But I doubt that.

As for Mr. Rodgers--talk about unappealing. He was so child like. Now that would have been an act of pedophilia lol!

517 days ago
189.

Rich    

Why pay if not of age? If he was of age say go F$$K yourself. If he could he would not asked for $$$$

517 days ago
190.

Rich    

If he was of age why pay? Does Elmo have a Flesh Light throat or is he a Diddler?

517 days ago
191.

MC GRUNT    

Yes Please give more to Tax Payer $$$ to PBS they have many many many more children to pay off!

517 days ago
192.

Lea Tea    

****s tmz,your future is pour........

517 days ago
193.

Jare    

This is some bull**** to add some sort of credibility to TMZ's lack of research in giving a sex hustler credibility. I dont believe he paid him anything other than attorneys fees because he has sympathy for the conniving queen.

517 days ago
194.

WackJob    

That has to be the worst tatoo on this guy I have ever seen. It looks like someone drew it on with and ink pen. The little huslter is just an extornionist.

517 days ago
195.

4EverHappy    

I love Elmo.
KC is more than Elmo for kids as he is the soul of Elmo when he goes to adult (me!) tv shows and he is so cute & wit! I will miss you SO SO much!

So many questions...

1. why these men waited so many years to complain?
2. if KC said the allegations were false, why he settled? (if he indeed did settle, it looks bad)
3. if there is/are evidence/s that both were 18/over, there is/was no reason to quit job.
4. I do not know if John Travolta had issues or just settled as well, but nothing has been heard of lately.

In my non-attorney books settlement is admission of guilty and I was really upset that he settled (if that is true).

It is hard to trust any media.

I so hope the truth comes about and he can go back to SS.

515 days ago
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