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Report: Accuser said Kevin Clash paid him $125K to recant

Posted by Kristi Palma  November 19, 2012 08:55 AM

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Kevin Clash and Elmo at the 2010 Peabody Award ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria in New York.

Kevin Clash's accuser wants to undo a $125,000 settlement to recant his claim, reports TMZ.com.

Clash, the puppeteer behind the beloved children's character Elmo, paid his accuser, Sheldon Stephens, $125,000 to recant a claim that the pair had a sexual relationship when Stephens was 16 and Clash was 45, reports TMZ.

Stephens accused Clash of the inappropriate relationship last week and then recanted his story.

When Stephens recanted, he said, through his lawyers, that "his sexual relationship with Mr. Clash was an adult consensual relationship."

Now he's changing his story again.

TMZ reports, "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, 23, reportedly wants to give the money back to restore his name.

As of this report, there is no comment from Clash or Sesame Workshop.

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