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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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16.

Truth    

CMON TMZ... YALL KNOW SETTLEMENT MEANS GUILTY AS F*CK. THE GOLD DIGGING PARTY RECEIVING THE PAPER AINT EXACTLY A CHARITY. BESIDES, WTF WAIT 7 YRS AND THEN DEMAND CASH AS OPPOSED TO CRIMINAL PROSECUTION. #TRUTH!!

684 days ago
17.

CirclingSquare    

Regardless of what this guy has done in the past, Clash still paid him $125,000 to make this story to go away. He remembers MJ, he knows the stigma of paying off someone who claimed you took advantage of them as a minor. This makes it look like he has something to hide, and Stephens could very well be lying. As someone who works with kids, he should've fought the accusations.

684 days ago
18.

Jeff Becker    

I'll give you at least $100,000 and then you apologize to me? Makes total sense. Where do I sign up?

684 days ago
19.

tenley    

Sounds like he or his lawyers already are in violation of that settlement agreement, can kiss that $125K goodbye, and can now expect a libel and defamation suit from both the Elmo guy and/or Sesame Street at this point.

684 days ago
20.

hi    

i don't think he's cute,but he knows how to get paid

684 days ago
21.

Toallthehatersoftheworld    

Paying means guilty to me

684 days ago
22.

Franc    

I would of thought Big Bird was the chicken hawk, not Elmo. But you don't sign something like that and write a phat check unless you're guilty guilty guilty and not of having consensual sex. I feel for this kid. Are we gonna see more victims come forward? Could happen.

684 days ago
23.

Lurker    

Something ain't right here. Elmo pays him off but he continues to say that he was a minor when the relationship started?

As I said to the misguided lawyer wannabe below, it is NOT okay for a sleezebag to have sex with a minor as long as he is a deliquent and continues a life of crime into adulthood. There is no law that says you must keep a clean record in order to be a victim.

Just like MJ, this is a payment. Seems to me that little boy broke the agreement saying that he was a minor when the relationship started. Why isn't Elmo demanding the $125K back? Because he wants this to go away but just like the judge in the Hulk Hogan sex tape said, "once it's out there, it's out there"!! Elmo is a pedophile forever. I wonder how many other victims will come forward now to get their check.


Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2012/11/17/kevin-clash-settlement-elmo-underage-sex-claim-sheldon-stephens/#ixzz2CTnHHzCb

684 days ago
24.

Kev the Realist    

Amazing, Why not label this like many others- Gaystortion... Some gay buy tries to out a famous celebrity for money..... This guy looks like just another loser gay dude looking for his payday. How about get a job you low life perv

684 days ago
25.

DrTyrell    

He signed because it was a shame. He came back to get a pay day period, and in this day and age when a accusation is as good as evidence, Kevin was forced to pay the man. Don't "chat" with under age gay boys then have sex with them EVER, and you'll save your job and your savings.

684 days ago
26.

girlshark    

Photoshopping Elmo in between these two is just so wrong.

684 days ago
27.

jxtr    

I knew there had to be a settlement and lots of cash involved.

684 days ago
28.

Bri    

Wow, a really sad way to come out embracing your sexuality...

684 days ago
29.

neglky    

Hush money mean u suppose to shut ur mouth. Something fishy there

684 days ago
30.

RiceLover    

he was crying cause he wanted more money. Read up on the history of this guy and his family. He isn't an innocent sweet little boy. It's been said he goes after rich gay men who are not openly gay

684 days ago
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