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Voice of Elmo Accuser

I Didn't Lie

I Want to Undo Settlement

11/19/2012 7:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1118-Sheldon-Stephens-kevin-clash-gettyThe man who accused Kevin Clash, the voice of Elmo, of having sex with him while he was underage stands by his story, claims he was pressured into recanting it, and is now interviewing lawyers to help him undo his settlement.

TMZ broke the story ... Clash and Sheldon Stephens entered into a settlement in which Clash agreed to pay Stephens $125,000, but in return the agreement 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.'"

We've learned Stephens has met with lawyers in Los Angeles and told them he was pressured into recanting his allegation and insists he's telling the truth when he says he had sex with Clash when he was 16.

Stephens -- who is now 23 -- is telling lawyers he will gladly forfeit the $125,000  to restore his name.  Stephens is saying he was literally crying during the final negotiations and repeatedly said he didn't want to sign.

Clash's lawyer told us Friday he would have no comment on the settlement story.

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46.

PC    

There are too many unanswered questions and facts left untold to know what the REAL truth is.

Do I believe they had sex? Yes. I also believe it was consensual sex. Do I think the "relationship" started while he was still a minor, 16 years. Not sure. Could be possible.

If in fact he can prove that it did start when he was 16 years old (a minor) no matter how you slice it, consensual or not, it is illegal... statutory rape.

It's also disgusting to have a relationship with someone almost 1/2 your age. Take the Elmo equation out of it, he can be your son... your father. That's disgusting in itself.

He should have gone to the police, authorities FIRST, then followed suit with a civil damages claim to get his $$$. Then he would have had credibility.

At this point, regardless if the sex was legal or illegal.... my opinion is he was okay with the sexual relationship (legal or illegal) as he had the "perks" of being with a wealthy man. The gravy train was drying out and/or he got into a different relationship but still wanted his gravy train.

Yes someone, any age can feel "pressured" into signing a settlement agreement. However the pressure is do I settle for this amount or do I fight for a larger amount.

In my eyes, a sex crime victim (and their family) would NEVER settle for $$$ if in fact they felt they were a victim. Even underage consensual sex, getting older and realizing you were victimized is still a victim. It would be a cold day in hell that only $$$ would make "feel better." I would prosecute the crime first, then go for the monetary.

703 days ago
47.

Kalvin    

Ok bro, we'll give you the allegation that at 16 you had no clue about life and how to handle yourself, BUT you're 23 freaking years old now. Nobody can make you do things you don't want to do at this age. You are now a grown man and i'm sure your lawyers that were present during the signing of the agreement would've supported your stand if you decided not to sign that particular agreement at that time. No one forced you to sign it, you wanted to. This has now gone from we somewhat believed you to gold digger in flight or fight retirement fund mode. You ruined your own good name as soon as you signed that settlement and didn't go to the authorities.

703 days ago
48.

blp    

Why did Sheldon wait five to seven years to come out with this story?? Isn't the statute of limitations over for this?

703 days ago
49.

rob    

As disgusting as this story is I find it completely odd that he would except the $125,000. Furthermore, I find very suspect that he is all of sudden coming out with this story that should have been told when he was 16 years old.

703 days ago
50.

joe gillis    

oh so you did take the voice of elmo up the tradesmans entrance ?

703 days ago
51.

janet    

Sounds like Sheldons been hustling for years. Looking for quick easy money. All this clown claims is that he was "under age" when they had sex. Sheldon wasn't molested or abused. It's blackmail, extortion.


Kevin Clash is gay SO WHAT. Sheldon was never going to forfeit the 125k, better hang on to that 125k because you're not getting anymore.


Kevin Clash is gay so frigging what. Blackmail, extortion is over.

703 days ago
52.

Tammy    

Does this guy know that a piece of paper can't really stop him from talking? He's free to say whatever the heck he wants. What Kevin can do is demand the money back since he broke the agreement, but he's willing to give it back so I don't see how this is a bad thing for him.

703 days ago
53.

msjuliebean    

Sounds to me like he didn't realize at the time of signing how much of his $125k (over half) went to his lawyers... then taxes... now he thinks he deserves more. hope this goes to court on principle, and he loses all money after the judge dismisses it for lack of evidence.

703 days ago
54.

ManiacalZebra    

Sorry, dude, but you can't change your story that often and expect people to believe you.

703 days ago
55.

EatMe    

Sheldon, we have seen your rap sheet and your pictures. We know what a worthless, soulless piece of trash you are.
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We also realize that while you claim to be a model and actor, you have never actually worked as a model or actor and you never will. You are ugly and talentless.
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Your career is nonexistent and this stunt will ruin you. You will not have the fame and opportunity you think you will get from this.
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Keep up your shady ways and one day you will piss off the wrong person, and they will kill you. That's what happens to people like you. You will be found in an alley, or cheap motel, or dumpster stabbed in the face multiple times, with a can of pork and beans shoved up your anus.
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When this happens, we will all laugh and mock you. There will be no sympathy. We will rejoice that there is one less piece of sh*t in the world.
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You are FAIL

703 days ago
56.

The New Improved Sock Puppet    

That freaky looking grifter realized that with the settlement money his 15 minute clock wound down completely and he obviously isn't ready for obscurity yet.

703 days ago
57.

bob    

Hmmm... At 125k I wonder how much money per-load that breaks down to!

703 days ago
58.

janet    

Sheldon, now that your name and photos are 'out there' good luck trying to blackmail and extort. Can't pull the I was 'under age' crap anymore.


Seems like Sheldon was expecting alot more than 125k. No wonder why he's crying. Didn't work.

703 days ago
59.

Jeffrey    

Not only will he lose his $125,000 for going against his signed statement and settlement (as an adult), I am sure he will be sued for breach of contract and may be subject to a gag order by the judge. You should have asked for more upfront. You were a 16 year-old hooker - let's call it what it is.

703 days ago
60.

Jeffrey    

Not only will he lose his $125,000 for going against his signed statement and settlement (as an adult), I am sure he will be sued for breach of contract and may be subject to a gag order by the judge. You should have asked for more upfront. You were a 16 year-old hooker - let's call it what it is.

703 days ago
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