Kevin Clash's accuser changes his mind about recantation

Sheldon Stephens, who recanted his accusation that "Sesame Street's" Kevin Clash had underage sex with him seven years ago, reportedly has changed his mind and reverted to his original allegation, TMZ reports.

According to the website, Stephens has met with attorneys in Los Angeles to say he was pressured into accepting a $125,000 settlement in exchange for an agreement stating, "He [Stephens] wants it to be known that his sexual relationship with Mr. Clash was an adult consensual relationship."

TMZ said Stephens has told attorneys he is prepared to forfeit the settlement money to restore his name. He said he and Clash, now 52, had a sexual relationship beginning when he was 16 years old. Clash conceded the two were involved, but that the relationship had been between consenting adults.


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An attorney for Clash, best known as the puppeteer of the "Sesame Street" character Elmo, told TMZ he would have no comment on the settlement story.

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