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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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Maybe he didn't come forward at 16 because this man was so much older, had money and status.

683 days ago


Bottom line is, this is 2 persons in SOCIETY that is mentally messed up in the head literally.

683 days ago


Poor Elmo stuck in the middle of this ugly male sex drama, the younger one is so creepy looking I just don't get why this Clash person can't see it....he looks evil and ugly...Mr. clash cannot be that desperate, horny men are so foolish.

683 days ago


THis whole thing reeks of blackmail.

683 days ago


I am white, straight and 63 yrs old....for $125,000 I'll gladly admit to having consentual sex with Mr Puppet Fingers -

683 days ago


the children's television workshop must be in a full blown panic mode by now. elmo has it's own trademark, at least i think it would with tickle me elmo and other toys like that. if mom's and dad's turn on elmo, there is a huge franchise that could be tainted.

683 days ago


In a 2010 email Kevin sent to Sheldon he says "sorry I hope I'm not talking about sex too much". Doesn't sound much like a couple who have been having sex for 6 years, now does it? To me this suggests that the relationship had a totally different time frame than what Sheldon initially claimed.

683 days ago


Ok TMZ you and your story breaking news. Find out who the person was that was robbed by this young man for $250,000 worth of items. What was there relationship? At what age was he when they met? What did this person pay to keep his name out of the lime light? That I think is information that we all want to know...maybe it was you Harvey.....mmmmm

683 days ago


young gay guys are gold diggers...i love Kevin Clash and hope only the best for him...

683 days ago


If Clash knew he wasn't guilty he wouldn't have paid this guy one penny. He clearly did it.

683 days ago

Cincinnati Sugar    

Yep, this dude is guilty!

683 days ago


Where does someone living ff of public TV funding get that kind of money?

683 days ago


If the allegations were true, then he should have pursued them and not taken the money. No amount of money is worth your self respect. He should not have let him buy his silence, unless of course the allegations were untrue, and this guy is trying to play the victim literally all the way to the bank.

683 days ago


when will bert and Ernie come out the closet?

683 days ago


IF this man had been of age, there would have been NO REASON to settle.

I hope Sesame Street dumps this chump. It would serve him right.

683 days ago
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