The man who accused Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash of having sex with him when he was a minor has now recanted his recant!
If you find yourself scratching your head, so are we! The 24-year-old accuser, now identified as Sheldon Stephens, is now insisting that law firm Andreozzi & Associates pressured him to take a settlement of $125,000 in exchange for publicly recanting his story of the underage sex claim.
Stephens is now standing by his original story that he had a sexual relationship with Clash when he was only 16-years-old and the puppeteer was 45. Stephens has sought new legal representation. There apparently is an email paper trail confirming their alleged romance during that underage time period.
Sources report that Stephens cried during the final negotiations with Clash's attorneys and repeatedly insisted that he didn't want to sign the agreement. Yet, he still continued to do so, anyway. After doing that, Stephens continued to insist Clash had sex with him when he was a minor, and says he would gladly forfeit the $125,000 in hush money to restore his name.
There's no word from Clash's camp on the latest news, but it's safe to say that it is a wrap for him playing the character Elmo on "Sesame Street".
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