Report: Kevin Clash (Voice of Elmo) Paid off Underage Lover to Recant. Clash’s attorney’s pushed him to Tears!
Just when you think you have it all figured out, this story takes another sordid twist. TMZ reports that Kevin Clash paid the accuser $125,000 to recant his statement that the two engaged in an underage sexual affair. Before you run off to TMZ – hear me out.
They say that the agreement was clear with a stipulation of what Sheldon can say and can’t say if asked about the relationship. TMZ goes as far as to provide the wording in the settlement which was as follows,
“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.’”
According to TMZ’s sources, Sheldon still insists privately that the two had underage sex and it was said that he was crying during the final negotiations saying that he didn’t want to sign.
OK – GREAT. Thanks TMZ for that.
Here is my issue, what would motivate him to sign. If he has proof and his lawyers would know, he can get much more then $125K. Isn’t this signing under duress? I’m not sure, but unless he needed money fast, or he didn’t think he could win in a civil suit, why would he sign it.
Clash’s lawyers have not commented on these newest allegations. I find it strange that TMZ hasn’t reported anything negative on the accuser and seems to be only going after Clash. Could this be a defense for running a story that ruined his career that wasn’t true? I just find it odd, that TMZ is hell bent on taking down powerful figures, so much to the point that they are not casting any doubt on this emotionally, unstable drifting wannabe model.
The entire thing is suspect – hopefully there will be more to come. (19)