Sheldon Stephens, the 23-year-old struggling “model” who accused Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash of having sex with him when he was 16, claims he was forced to recant his allegations and wants to clear his name.
According to TMZ, Clash agreed to pay Stephens $125,000, as long as Stephens’ lawyers released the following statement:
“He [Stephens] wants it to be known that his sexual relationship with Mr. Clash was an adult consensual relationship.”
While seeking counsel in LA, Stephens told lawyers he was pressured into recanting his story – that he cried during the final negotiations and repeatedly said that he didn’t want to sign.
Stephens insists that he’s telling the truth about his illicit affair with Clash and that he would gladly forfeit the settlement in order to restore his name.
Well his name wasn’t that great to begin with, but we’ll see where this sex scandal takes us. One guess: not Sesame Street.