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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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Clash was dumb enough to sign a settlement agreement without a confidentiality clause. He paid the money and people still thinks he's guilty.

670 days ago


I really get tired of people misusing the term pedophile. A pedophile is someone who rapes prepubescent children.. not teenagers.. By misusing this word you are just making the term acceptable and not so bad. You are also doing a great disservice to all the little children out there that have been raped.. Use your voice wisely.. As a survivor of child rape it's offending to me you all do this.

670 days ago


Another skeevy perv in children's tv. Pee-Wee's legacy.

670 days ago

Carlo M.    


670 days ago


I can't believe Kevin Clash. He was with that nasty tattooed gold digger with a woman tattooed all over his chest? UGH! Poor Elmo! Sesame Street needs to have a cattle call for a new ELMO VOICE AND PUPPETEER! Also, if the "VICTIM" only got 125K, the lawyer fees are at least half, and taxes and shipping and handling, he doesn't have much left to spend. So selling the story to TMZ and ROL makes him more money to spend.

670 days ago


Damn, he sold out cheap?

670 days ago



670 days ago


The disgusting pervert should have gone to prison!!! It makes me sick that criminals can buy their way out of trouble.

670 days ago


so he is paying him to lie?

670 days ago


Everyone has a price it seems. And Sheldons price is $125,000.

670 days ago

Keepin' it Real    

Well, that was certainly worth the $125,000 to keep it confidential and out of the press.

670 days ago


Seems very telling to me, that they paid him off. And you know what? If he can prove that he was 16, it's a criminal offense and charges can be pressed unless the statute of limitation plays in.

670 days ago

The New Improved Sock Puppet    

That is one freaky looking dude.

670 days ago


If he was crying it was because he didn't get as much money as he wanted because everybody found out about his background. If he wasn't willing to settle, why would he have even showed up for the negotiations in the first place?

670 days ago


Makes perfect sense to me! NOW I know exactly what kevin Clash is doing while he is down under a table! Shame on him! He should just eat cookies with the Cookie Monster!

670 days ago
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