Monday, November 19, 2012
Sheldon Stephens, the guy who accused the voice of Elmo, Kevin Clash, of underage sex still says it happened.
After feeling the heat from the public, Sheldon now says that the story was true and he didn't lie about it. Oh, and apparently there was a settlement involved as well.
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.So he wants to clear his name? Or get more money. Sorry, but there's something wrong with this story. I can't take Sheldon seriously here. Why would he make this story public if he knew his name would dragged in the mud? And if he was still with Kevin and had no problem getting money from him, doesn't that raise any questions about Sheldon's intentions?
Sheldon, it seems your idea of blackmail is sloppy. I could be wrong about this, but it just looks fishy to me.