Well this story just got a lot more interesting!
The man who claimed that Kevin Clash (the voice of Elmo) engaged in a sexual relationship with him when he was only 16 years old, has RECANTED his story! He now claims he WAS an adult when their relationship began. HUH?
The accuser’s lawyer just released a statement saying, “[The accuser] wants it to be known that his sexual relationship with Mr. Clash was an adult consensual relationship. [The accuser] will have no further comment.”
It’s unclear why the accuser suddenly changed his story … but sources close to the situation tell TMZ … the accuser’s attorney had been meeting with Clash’s attorney as recent as an hour ago, discussing a financial settlement and 6-figures were on the table.
We broke the story, the accuser claimed he had a sexual relationship with Kevin beginning when he was 16 and Kevin was 45.
Clash has also released a statement saying, “I am relieved that this painful allegation has been put to rest. I will not discuss it further.”
I am beyond disgusted with the fact that there has been some sort of settlement. 6 figures!? What the heck? Isn’t it still a crime? Since when can a rapist pay off his victim – and then the case gets dropped? (I’m not implying Clash raped the boy, just comparing the two.) Wouldn’t police still need to determine if a crime took place – with or without the victims complicity?