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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

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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What a disgrace that Clash had to pay anything to end this. The kid, according to local PA reports, hasn't done anything with his life and has gotten fired from jobs. I think he saw an easy payday from Clash. He'll blow the money and then he won't have anything.

643 days ago


That would imply TMZ cared about the truth, they don't. They wantbo ruin this man. People stop saying Elmo is gay, this is NOT Elmo, it's only the voice of Elmo. Don't know how Sesame Street can recover from this. TMZ destroys lives and now destroyed Sesame Street, sad day in the hood.

643 days ago


He better invest that money wisely or save it because he's out now and that's the last time he can scam someone and shake them down for a payday. Elmo lives!

643 days ago


All this gives a whole new meaning to the "Tickle me Elmo" craze 15 or so years ago LOL

643 days ago

Multiple Scorgasms    

Me Elmo love butt sex!!

643 days ago

♥TMZ but ...    

why does he have to pay any money ???

643 days ago


Dam! Elmo is gay!

643 days ago

the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

I did wonder why TMZ didn't launch their usual smear campaign against the accuser, when this came out? Is Kevin/Elmo not famous enough? Or is TMZ trying pull some kind of righteousness act again? This whole thing reeks of extortion and blackmail.

643 days ago


why did clash pay him??

643 days ago


C'mon TMZ! You are a gossip site, so why have you failed to mention anything at all about the accuser, Sheldon Stephens? WHY HAVEN’T YOU …

Posted his MUG SHOT or criminal history?
Mentioned the OUTRAGE expressed on Twitter about TMZ publishing the story, especially after the name of the accuser was revealed?
Mentioned his PORN name (Sheldon Xzavier)?

Oh, silly me! It’s rather obvious, isn’t it? Because it will make people question the character of the accuser and ultimately the legitimacy of his claim!

643 days ago


The agreement is violated -- it's now time for Clash to sue for extortion, which is clearly what this is with the leaks continuing to come and was leading to the agreement (the guy was a legal adult, it was almost a decade ago, and he "agreed" to end the public campaign for a measly $125K because it was extortion).

643 days ago


Should Clash have paid IF he was REALLY innocent? NO. Should Sheldon resorted to blackmailing IF he was REALLY a victim? NO. This is sick and disgusting on BOTH sides.

643 days ago

w h i t e y    

Get a life every1

643 days ago

Dennis Johnson    

ELMO is gay........who cares........except about all of the parents with small childern.I must admit when I see Elmo now I will look at him differently.Not because he is gay but because this Kevin Clash paid HUSH money.......that is exatly what it is.

643 days ago


Any money changing hands to me looses credibility for Kevin. It looks as if your paying him Io shut up. If Kevin is going for being vindicated he missed the mark. Here's a six figure payoff now tell the people your lying. Makes no sense to me. Regardless I think sesame will be done with him

643 days ago
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