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Kevin Clash’s Accuser Now Wants To Recant His Recant

Kevin Clash's Accuser Now Wants To Recant His Recant

Just when you thought it was all over, the whole la scandale de Kevin Clash has now raised its ugly head again.

When we last heard about the whole affair, Kevin Clash's accuser, who has been identified as Sheldon Stephens, a 24 year old model with a previous criminal recordrecanted his story that he had been involved in an inappropriate sexual relationship with Clash when he was a minor.

He released a statement saying that both of them had indeed been involved in a relationship, but that it happened when they were both adults, though of course, Clash is more than twice the age of Stephens.

But now, once again, there's been a turn of events.

Stephens has now, in effect, recanted his recant, and now says that he told the truth the first time, and that he was pressured by lawyers to deny his original accusation in exchange for a $125,000 payment that was arranged through the law firm of Andreozzi and Associates.

In fact, Stephens now has a new lawyer, and says that he will voluntarily give up the entire financial settlement claiming that he was pressured, under extreme duress, into signing the orginal statement denying the true nature of their relationship.

However this eventually winds up, it's pretty certain now that Clash will not be returning to Sesame Street in any way. Too much scandal. That chapter of his life is over.

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Comments

Nadine

There is now a second accuser.

Orville

Well that's a wrap for Kevin Clash, I think he made a huge mistake paying off the first accuser.
By paying off the first accuser Clash looks guilty $125,000 is A LOT of money! Why did Kevin Clash decide to pay the guy off it was a huge mistake on his part. Now a second guy wants money from Clash and of course Sesame Street had to let him go. Sesame Street has a reputation to maintain and Kevin Clash was thinking with his penis and not his head when he sent emails to Stephens from his Sesame Street account. Poor guy the grifters are coming out of the woodwork.

ErikW

The defense of this man is misplaced. He just resigned because ANOTHER man has come forward—>http://www.theroot.com/buzz/kevin-clash-elmo-puppeteer-resigns

D.A.

I don't believe anything this guy says. It's always been cases like this where the accuser recants the recant and almost ALL the time it backfires on him/her. They could look at a number of things now to turn the tables on him. This is not going to be pretty, I can guarantee it.

donnadara

Did you look at this guy's rap sheet? Sheldon Stephens looks like a hustler who sells his "companionship" to older men. Is there any evidence that he even knew Kevin Clash when he was 16? And yes, in many states that is the age of consent. There is a big difference between a pedophile and someone who is attracted to a teen who looks and talks like an adult. Stop it.

Adam Scott Thompson

Cui bono… who benefits from all this?

lauren

SMDH…What's really troubling is the possible motivation for Mr. Clash seeking a career that catered to children in the first place. I pray there are no more young accusers in the wings.

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