The man behind the voice of iconic Sesame Street puppet Elmo has resigned amid shocking allegations of underage gay sex, The Huffington Post reports. Despite coughing up $125,000 in hush money to the man who accused him of underage sex, Kevin Clash could not overcome the troubling gay sexual innuendoes surrounding Elmo.
Mr. Clash, 52, took a leave of absence from Sesame Street after sometime model Sheldon Stephens, now 23, accused Clash of seducing him when he was only 16.
Just as we thought: Kevin Clash, the man behind the voice of Sesame Street’s iconic puppet Elmo, bought his accuser’s silence for $125K, TMZ reports. In addition to cutting a phat check, Clash and his attorneys demanded a retraction of public statements that his accuser Sheldon Stephens made about having underage sex with the puppeteer.
In a prelude to a lawsuit, Stephens claimed he had sexual relations with Clash, 52, when he was only 16.
Multiple sources tell TMZ that Clash and his attorneys met with Stephens and his legal team to hand over the check — and to hash out an agreement that including only one stipulation:
Stephens agrees that immediately upon execution of this Agreement, his counsel, Andreozzi & Associates, P.C., shall release the [following] statement … ‘He [Stephens] wants it to be known that his sexual relationship with Mr. Clash was an adult consensual relationship.’”