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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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106.

Oh My    

Tickle me Elmo. You freak.

515 days ago
107.

DaveT    

Hmmm now the Comment button option comes back, seems the "COMMENT" button to post comments keeps disappearing on certain stories sporadically, like Pauly D and Elmo stories this morning, Miley and Deanna yesterday...

515 days ago
108.

Noel    

Another fat paycheck to make life's little indignities go away

515 days ago
109.

Binx719    

I wonder if Sheldon Stephens isn't the one who sold TMZ this story. Hmmm.

515 days ago
110.

_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

Never let a person with an alternative lifestyle work around kids where they are found to be abundant without proper supervision. Or else it will become a target rich environment for multiple lawsuits.

515 days ago
111.

Michael Jackson Was A Pedo    

Ahhh.. the ole Michael Jackson payoff route. Pay the kid to shut up. Nice!

515 days ago
112.

Bravo600    

So, if you’re a man with a 16 year old boy, you have to pay him off with $125,000.00 and make him sign a confidentiality agreement, but if you are a 50+ year old man with a 16 year old girl – you marry her and go on the show Couples Therapy and everything is OK. Maybe Kevin can get the kid’s mom to sign that it is OK –that would makes it alright???

515 days ago
113.

w    

This entire story is disgusting...what has become of humanity.

515 days ago
114.

Bravo600    

To everyone who says he must be guilty because he paid "hush" money....I have to disagree on the fallacious argument that payment proves guilt. People settle all the time for many reasons. It may be cheaper than prolonged litigation and can be an attempt to avoid guilt by innuendo. Doctors settle malpractice suits all the time because of the legal costs and time – even when they probably would win if it went to court. There are people who make their living bringing frivolous lawsuits hoping to get a settlement.

515 days ago
115.

Jackie    

Whatever really happened it's CLEAR this guy was out for money. IMO if you were really molested/raped, taken advantage of because you were young.....whatever....you would want to go to the POLICE and press charges to possibly stop this person from doing it to somebody else...that would be top priority #1...not money....JUST SAYIN'

515 days ago
116.

Mina    

I don't doubt for a second that the accuser was telling the truth about this however, his signing the settlement looks really bad. He essentially signed away his soul. He should never have did that. I don't think he was after the money but now it looks that way. If you're a victim to something, why recant because now "Elmo" will just go on to do the same thing to someone else. Very sad, I hope he can live with that decision.

515 days ago
117.

TXLady    

GUILTY GUILTY GUILTY!! If he wasn't guilty he wouldn't have paid a dime!! I believed Clash until he paid to silence Sheldon Stephens. I would have had no problem with them having a relationship if Stephens had been 18 because he would legally be considered an adult. This is no different than some old codger going after a young female. Just make sure you keep in legal!!!

515 days ago
118.

audiofish    

Michael Jackson did the same thing,

515 days ago
119.

John    

I call HUGE BULL**** on this kids story....

First off no one forced him to sign ****.. he signed because he wanted MONEY..

I worked with victims of real violance and none of them would have sold out for money... A few decided not to seek charges because they did not want to take the stand and all of it becoming public but none of them took money or were forced too...

Hell I am 99% sure if the kids story was true he would be breaking laws and so would all the layers trying to hide evidence... They would at least get disbarred for this...

515 days ago
120.

Jenn    

It should be illegal to pay somebody off in a case like this. You're either A) paying to conceal a crime or B) enabling an illegal attempt at extortion. Same thing with Michael Jackson. His supporters will tell you that he was a victim of a successful extortion plot. Everybody else will tell you that a child molester went free because he had money. Either way it seems criminal to me.

515 days ago
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