Sheldon Stephens, the 24-year-old male model who accused Sesame Street‘s Elmo voice actor Kevin Clash of having an underage sexual relationship with him, was allegedly offered $125,000 to recant his claims, the New York Post reports.
Since the scandal dropped last Monday, Clash had consistently said he only had a relationship with Stephens "as two consenting adults" when the young man was of legal age. Stephens had originally claimed they had sex when he was only 16.
In any case, Stephens recanted his statement last week; TMZ claims that he only did so under pressure. The Post reports his settlement document reads:
“Stephens agrees that immediately upon the execution of this Agreement, his council, 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.’
Kevin Clash, who was memorialized in the documentary Being Elmo, is still on a leave of absence from Sesame Street.
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