Sheldon Stephens, the man who accused Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash of taking a part in a relationship with him when Stephens was still underage, has flip-flopped his stance yet again. After admitting that he had an “adult, consensual relationship” with Clash, Stephens has now come back to say that he was pressured into recanting his original claim.
The last news that was reported on this story came from TMZ and said that Clash and Stephens had entered into a settlement where Clash agreed to pay Stephens $125,000, but in return Stephens released a statement that said, “He [Stephens] wants it to be known that his sexual relationship with Mr. Clash was an adult consensual relationship.”
Apparently Stephens isn’t too happy with that little arrangement. TMZ reports that Stephens, 23, is now telling lawyers in Los Angeles that he was “pressured into recanting his allegation and insists he’s telling the truth when he says he had sex with Clash when he was 16.” He adds that he will “gladly forfeit the $125,000 to restore his name” and the TMZ report claims that Stephens “was literally crying during the final negotiations and repeatedly said he didn’t want to sign.”