According to The Smoking Gun, Sheldon Stephens is the man who accused Elmo voice actor Kevin Clash of having a sexual relationship with him when he was under age. Yesterday, Stephans recanted his allegations but not before the scandal forced Clash to take a hiatus from Sesame Street. Clash insisted throughout the ordeal that the relationship occurred after Stephens had turned 18.
Stephens is a 24-year-old "model/actor" who lives in Pennsylvania and was previously arrested for robbing $250,000 in jewelry from a music manager at knife point. It's not known how the relationship with Clash began or how long it lasted, but a friend of Stephens noted that he "attracts these high-powered men." The same friend also said Stephens was a "God-fearing guy" and "not just a pretty boy."
The Smoking Gun also reports that Andreozzi & Associates, the law firm that issued the statement yesterday absolving Clash of wrongdoing, no longer represents Stephens and issued the statement as a courtesy. The lawyer who represented Stephens said he "will have no further comment on the matter."
TMZ reports that just before Stephens recanted, his attorneys were discussing a six-figure settlement with Clash's lawyer, although it's not clear if those talks were what prompted Stephens to admit his deception.