The young man who accused Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash of having a sexual relationship with him while he was underage isn’t as innocent as he tried to make himself out to be. He was once arrested for his part in a robbery of a music manager for jewelry worth $250,000.
Kevin Clash’s accuser, Sheldon Stephens, is a struggling model/actor from Philadelphia. Stephens claimed he and Clash had a sexual relationship while Stephens was underaged. In the beginning, media outlets said they could substantiate Sheldon Stephens’ accusations through old email exchanges between Kevin Clash and the young model. However, a few days after the story broke, Stephens recanted his story, saying he was an adult and consented to having sex with Clash.
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Many speculated the reason Sheldon Stephens shared and recanted his story so rapidly was because he was the beneficiary of checkbook journalism, meaning he was paid for his story and then paid another sum to go away. This isn’t too far-fetched because Sheldon Stephens was once arrested several times for many different offenses ranging from reckless driving and writing bad checks. His most serious crime was when he allegedly robbed music manager Darian Pollard.
Pollard filed a complaint with the Beverly Hills Police Department saying an intern he just fired robbed him at knifepoint for a white gold chain which was laced with diamonds. Stephens also allegedly stole Pollard’s diamond ring.