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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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106.

monsterinhim    

But would you let him babysit your kids?

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107.

Jen    

what about the fact that this accuser was 15 at the time and going on to gay chat lines, doesn't that mean he was looking for a good time?

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Mesadabree    

Did these kids tell him they weren't 18? And why were they on the site ment for gay adults to hook up? The man isn't blameless he was an adult and should have known not to ever take someone's word for it that they are over 18

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Mesadabree    

And pressured? Maybe at 15 years old I would believe this guy was bawling and signing an agreement but not at 23! I smell bs. And this "victim" said that Mr Clash sent him emails from his "Sesame Street Email" but he didn't k ow who he was?

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