People: Kevin Clash, Sharon Needles, Paula Broadwell, AC/DC, Aretha Franklin
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The man who accused Elmo voice Kevin Clash of having underage sex with him reportedly wants to recant his recantation, the New York Post reports.
Sheldon Stephens, 24, is interviewing lawyers in hopes of ripping up the $125,000 deal he reached last week with famed puppeteer Clash, according to TMZ.
Stephens' Pennsylvania lawyers last week released this statement: '[Stephens] wants it to be known that his sexual relationship with Mr. Clash was an adult consensual relationship."
Now Stephens wants to go back to his previous position: That he and Clash had sex when he was just 16, according to the celebrity-gossip website.
• Pittsburgh's Queen of the Night, Sharon Needles, is one of four celebrities gracing the cover of the latest Out magazine's 100 most influential people.
Ms. Needles, aka Aaron Cody, won Season 4 of Logo's "RuPaul's Drag Race" and has reached the big time with her spooky glam persona. The magazine dubbed her "The Stylemaker."
Others honored in Out include Elton John and partner David Furnish, as well as the other three cover models: "Book of Mormon" and "The New Normal" star Andrew Rannells ("The Ingenue"), Boy George ("The Legend") and "Glee" star Jane Lynch ("The Entertainer").
Ms. Needles will be at The Andy Warhol Museum Dec. 1 to host the "Naughty-or-Nice" holiday bash. Tickets are $99, available at www.warhol.org.
When Paula Broadwell and her husband, Scott, returned to their North Carolina home with their two sons on Sunday from Washington, D.C., they found 25 friends and neighbors gathered there to offer their support, People reports.
But for the married Broadwell, 40, who was both biographer and mistress to former Central Intelligence Agency director David Petraeus, 60, the revelation of the affair and subsequent attention have made her emotional.
"She's been devastated by this," Paula Broadwell's brother, Stephen Kranz, tells People in an exclusive interview. "She is filled with guilt and shame for what she's done, and she's incredibly sorry for the pain she's caused her husband, her family, Petraseus' family. She accepts responsibility for her actions and knows she made a mistake."
"Now [she] is really focused on repairing and protecting her family and trying to really focus on her husband and her children and protect the kids from this," Kranz adds.
And a source close to the family says now that they're home, "They just want to focus on their family and get their lives back to as normal as possible, particularly for the kids."
The Broadwell family is also grateful for their friends, the source adds. "They're overwhelmed by the outpouring of support," says the source, who adds, "They're doing well right now."
She has hired Dee Dee Myers, President Clinton's former press secretary, to serve as her spokeswoman going forward.
Meanwhile, Petraeus has hired Robert Barnett, a Washington, D.C., lawyer whose clients have included President Barack Obama and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, for "advice on post-governmental issues."
AC/DC is finally releasing its music digitally on iTunes.
Columbia Records and Apple announced Monday that the classic rock band's music will be available at the iTunes Store worldwide.
Sixteen studio albums will be released, including "High Voltage" and "Back in Black," which is already in the Top 30 on iTunes' top albums chart. Two of the group's albums are also in the Top 100 and seven of the Australian band's songs are in the Top 200.
AC/DC was one of the few acts that would not release music through the digital outlet. Two years ago Apple struck a deal with The Beatles' record label, EMI Group, and management company, and began selling the group's music. Kid Rock, who had also been against selling his music through the digital retailer, is releasing a new album, "Rebel Soul," on Monday and it's available on iTunes. Country star Garth Brooks, however, has yet to release his music on iTunes.
Four of AC/DC's live albums and three compilation records are also available. The statement said the songs have been mastered for iTunes "with increased audio fidelity."
The group's first live album in 20 years, "Live at River Plate," is out Tuesday.
Aretha Franklin says "it was fabulous" to have first lady Michelle Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder attend her show in Washington, D.C., the AP reports.
The Queen of Soul sang for Mrs. Obama and Holder -- as well as for about 3,000 fans at DAR Constitution Hall on Saturday night. Afterward, Franklin said it was great to see her VIP guests relax and "shake their hips a little," especially after a tough re-election campaign.
Franklin has performed for Mrs. Obama before -- at the inauguration of President Barack Obama. Franklin told The Associated Press she doesn't think there will be an encore in 2013, although if invited she "would certainly come and would love to sing."
Franklin also paid tribute to the late Whitney Houston, singing "I Will Always Love You."
First Published November 20, 2012 12:00 am