Kevin Clash -- the voice of Elmo -- agreed to pay his accuser $125,000, with one string attached -- that the accuser recant his story that Clash had sex with him when he was a minor ... TMZ has learned.
...We've learned although Stephens signed the document, he continues to insist Clash had sex with him when he was a minor and was pressured into signing the settlement.
One source privy to the negotiations tells TMZ ... Stephens was crying during final negotiations and repeatedly insisted he didn't want to sign.
Got that? We pay you and you say it didn't happen, is one way of looking at this sorry state of affairs. As vile as this whole incident appears I would like to digress and link some un-linkable un-thinkables.
During the Election quite a big issue was raised over the funding of PBS. For some reason our government has this left wing propaganda machine on the dole. Not that it needs to be. It would be successful on its own. It is a bit of celestial lore that never saw an end as it should have. Our own little BBC, without the talent.
When defending the Government being in the entertainment industry, they trotted out Big Bird and rather then make the case for funding, they simply appealed to the baser elements and coined "They want to fire big bird!"
So lets connect, shall we? We the people pay Taxes to the Government. The Government does various things with this money, including run a television empire called Public Broadcasting System. This PBS funds shows (for viewers like you). Among these shows are Sesame Street. One of the cast puppeteers likes having sex with minors. So that's what my tax dollars do... Support Pedophiles!
Of course these kind of dots are connected to prove a point. It is a futile exercise where our tax dollars are concerned. Still, it does appeal to our baser instincts eh?