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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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61.

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.

640 days ago
62.

Bigboss    

Someone needs to kick this lego head shaped kid's ass

640 days ago
63.

Laura    

Credibility is lost on both of these guys--does Kevin Clash think he appears innocent after getting a retraction only after giving him a hunk of money? And the accuser has lost credibility because he'll change his story for money. This story needs to go away.

640 days ago
64.

Hot Chocolate    

I'm straight but I still like and support Elmo. I don't really care what people do in private if it is mutual consensual and legal.

I think the issues have been resolved. Nobody really wants to hurt anybody in that situation. Let it die.

I love Sesame Street!

640 days ago
65.

Peter Popoff    

Man Dude takes a Fruity Azz pic he looks like trouble

640 days ago
66.

palermo    

Defense attorney: So were you lying then or are you lying now?

Judge: next case

640 days ago
67.

SKEETOR    

everyone has a price, most ppl regret it afterwards.

640 days ago
68.

JeffyJeff    

WOW! Talk about really screwing a guy.....

640 days ago
69.

NOT ELMO    

i hear you both don't like girls, is that true and why ?, explain.....lol

640 days ago
70.

No Name Jane    

sounds like he wishes he had settled for a higher amount. Changing your story three times hardly screams 'credible' to me.

640 days ago
71.

ypb    

we can bring this show to a close real fast, get the damn authorities involved, sesame street should had called then I'm from the get go, who qualified them to decide weather someone did or didn't get molested, look, a crime has happened, pedo, blackmail, out both, so this up to an open investigation and lets clear this up, its that easy, if your telling the truth what's to hide?

640 days ago
72.

ypb    

Sesame street should had called the cops from the start, an official investigation should be done, and lets be done with this, worst case this kid is telling the truth and there are other kids out there with the same story, best case this kid lied and busted for blackmail

640 days ago
73.

Rebecca    

See what happens when you don't involve cops WHEN IT HAPPENS!?!? smh

640 days ago
74.

Nicoleasm    

Hmm could he be smelling a book deal or more money doing interviews if he hadn't signed this? I'm thinking he believes he could get MORE money by going to the media

640 days ago
75.

JB in Silverlake    

This kid is a high-end hustler and this is just him working his game. It's not the first time he's tried to get over on man with money. He's a skeeze and you guys are a little sick for continuing to act like he's got an ounce of credibility.

640 days ago
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