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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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61.

Ummmm    

I think this whole thing is shady, Why wait so long to come forward. I think he is just looking for money.

676 days ago
62.

Pink    

Mmmmm fishy, why pay this guy anything if he wasn't underage, something tells me this is a cover up and that he really was underage, but they need to keep this perv as the voice of Elmo, why pay for his silence then, well I'm sure it will soon be a wrap on him as Elmo's voice, I'm sure their looking for the new guy as we speak, smdh.

676 days ago
63.

I Was About To Say    

GUILTY!!! HE PAID MONEY SO THAT MEANS HE'S GUILTY JUST LIKE EVERYONE SAYS OF MJ, THIS GUY IS SOOOOO GUILTY!!! HE'S PAYING OFF THE KID SO HE IS PHKG GUILTY AS SIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! STOP BEING HYPOCRITES!!!

676 days ago
64.

TMZer    

There may be doubt in this gross man with boy affair, But there is NO doubt in the way Elmo is looking at that hand! Tell us Elmo, where did this monster touch you?!

676 days ago
65.

Pink    

Mmmmm fishy, why pay this guy anything if he wasn't underage, something tells me this is a cover up and they're paying for his silence because he really was underage at the time, plus they need to keep this perv as the voice of Elmo, why pay for his silence then??? doesn't make sense, well I'm sure it will soon be a wrap on him as Elmo's voice, I'm sure their looking for the next guy as we speak, smdh.

676 days ago
66.

I Was About To Say    

HUSH MONEY, this guy is GUILTYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!

676 days ago
67.

LisaL    

Clash paid this golddigging hoe off to keep the guy's mouth shut. NOT because Stephens is some victim, but to keep him from blabbing about their consenting adult affair to the press most likely.

It sickens me that so many would automatically just assume Clash is guilty without any proof.

676 days ago
68.

jen    

Wow! This story keeps taking a lot of twists and turns. Paying his accuser to recant will make people wonder if he recanted and wonder if it's true or not. If his accuser was lying time wss on Clash's side because the burden of proof is on the accuser. Makes you wonder if he did have something afterall that showed they had a relationship while he was under aged.

676 days ago
69.

I Was About To Say    

What's up with that tattoo on the kids chest? All thugs. And look at Elmos eyes, he's had a traumatic experience in all this, he's standing next to a PEDO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

676 days ago
70.

Jenn    

Isn't it possible that Sheldon Stephens is super shady AND that Kevin Clash had sex with him when he was underage? I think they're both dirtbags.

676 days ago
71.

ignoreyouridols    

He ****ed em,,whos he kidding

676 days ago
72.

jenny ruby    

is this about wzig/bank
banana foster stephens

676 days ago
73.

MissDolittle    

Legal blackmail?

676 days ago
74.

scrufacelioness    

Sell ur soul for money. U get what u deserve. If its true, why settle?

676 days ago
75.

scoopie    

And everyone reading this who has a dash of logic can see that it is to cover underage contact by this guy. And all that happened is that his wallet got lighter.

676 days ago
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