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Kevin Clash Accuser Tells TMZ He Didn't Lie; Wants to Return Settlement

By November 19, 2012

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UPDATE (11/20/12): Kevin Clash Has Resigned

Here we go again.

Sheldon Stephens, the 23-year-old man who accused Kevin Clash, the voice of Elmo, of starting an inappropriate relationship with Stephens when he was underage, is now retracting his recant.

Last Monday, TMZ reported that Clash had taken a leave of absence from the show in the wake of accusations that he had sex with an underage boy. At the time, Clash denied the charges, but did admit to having a relationship with the accuser who is now 23. He said the relationship did not start until after the accuser was an adult.

On Wednesday, The New York Times reported that Stephens, (who has only recently been named) was retracting his story.

Today, TMZ is reporting that Stephens wants to return the $125,000 out-of-court settlement he received and is rescinding his recant. According to TMZ, Stephens: "claims he was pressured into recanting it [his accusation], and is now interviewing lawyers to help him undo his settlement."

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