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Kevin Clash Accuser is Identified by Online News Outlet

Citing two sources, The Smoking Gun identifies Clash's sexual impropriety accuser as Sheldon Stephens of Harrisburg, Pa.

The Smoking Gun website has uncovered the identity of the man who accused puppeteer Kevin Clash of having an under-age sexual relationship with him.

Citing two sources—a family member and a friend—The Smoking Gun said Clash's accuser is 24-year-old Sheldon Stephens, an aspiring model and actor.

Stephens did not respond to requests for comment made by the website to his Facebook and Twitter accounts, according to The Smoking Gun's article.

Through the website TMZ, a Dundalk native and 1979 graduate of Dundalk High School, of the sexual impropriety, and recanted his accusation the next day through a statement issued by the Harrisburg, PA law firm of Andreozzi and Associates.

According to The Smoking Gun, Stephens reportedly has a checkered past. He was accused of passing a bad check, and those charges were dropped after he settled the debt with a Harrisburg business.

He was also accused of robbing a music manager at gunpoint, taking $250,000 worth of jewelry, but the manager later claimed to not recall the robbery. A friend of Stephens' characterized the incident as a "misunderstanding" and a "domestic dispute," according to The Smoking Gun.

While Clash has stated through his attorneys that he is relieved the situation is resolved, The Smoking Gun said the recantation comes after TMZ effectively outed Clash as gay.

"I have never been ashamed of this or tried to hide it, but felt it was a personal and private matter," Clash said in a statement regarding his sexuality.

Sesame Workshop, which produces Sesame Street, the program on which Clash provides the voice and personality of the muppet Elmo, allowed Clash to take a leave of absence from the company so he could work to clear his reputation.

While the recantation comes as a relief to the puppeteer, he isn't headed back to work yet, according to Fox 411.

"Kevin has asked for some additional time to put this ordeal behind him, which we totally understand," Sesame Workshop officials told the news outlet.

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kathy williams November 15, 2012 at 11:50 PM
There groups, and good people today they're more accepting and forgiving. Stay true and keep the many children's happy go back to work with your head Up!
jujuana November 16, 2012 at 12:52 AM
I'm glad Mr.clash name has been cleared because I have a 2yr. old son who loves Elmo and another thing who gives a damn about Mr.clash sexual preference if we all mind our own business and stay out of everyone else business the world would be a safer,happier,and better place may god continue to bless Mr.clash
David Robert Crews November 16, 2012 at 07:01 AM
Sheldon Stephens appears to be a criminally inclined, vindictive, acting/modeling industry wannabe - who most likely ain't ever gonna-be anybody any good in any industry. Throughout human history, wealthy, powerful, popular older adults - of both sexes - have had heterosexual or/and homosexual affairs with younger adults. Some young adults willingly - often aggressively - enter into sexual relationships with older and wealthier adults; so as to receive various gifts from those older adults. The younger adults often possess greater natural attractiveness than their older sex partners, and those older adults often maintain a degree of control over the younger ones. But, it's not unusual for the young partner to try and completely control the affair; either by threatening to reveal secrets of the affair or to lie about the facts of it. Sometimes, when the affair doesn't go how the young partner wants it to, they become angry and do something to somehow hurt the older partner. It looks to be that Sheldon Stephens has done so to Kevin Clash and others. I bet that Stephens wants more out of life than his acting and modeling efforts can bring him, so he has sexual affairs with men whom he sometimes hurts when they don't do for Shelden what Sheldon wants done. It doesn't bother me that the voice and soul of Elmo is Gay, but millions of us heterosexuals are hurt by how we learned about it. Personally, it isn't Kevin Clash who hurt me, it was Sheldon Stephens.
Christopher Kidwell November 16, 2012 at 09:46 AM
Thank you, Smoking Gun. Now, can we some private investigators investigating this 24 year old to figure out why he made these allegations? I bet we will find that he was on the verge of bankruptcy.
Joe November 16, 2012 at 01:33 PM
What a fruitcake that accuser is. Clash has some serious issues to select a flamer like he did.
Rebecca McConaghy Mohammed November 16, 2012 at 02:12 PM
How much was the model/actor paid to shut up? He recanted after a closed meeting with attorneys present... ?
Joe November 16, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Do you think this flamer would have gotten many modeling gigs with a chest full of tattoos?
Marge Neal (Editor) November 16, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Rebecca, If you have the chance, read the full Smoking Gun article ... it casts doubt that a settlement meeting between lawyers took place as stated by TMZ. Smoking Gun said that at the time the settlement meeting was supposedly occurring, Andreozzi and Associates had already severed its representation of Stephens, and only issued the recantation statement as a courtesy to those involved.
Al Day November 16, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Now we know who the victim is. Big bird gave him quite a lesson when he was a youngster and is now being villainized by those who think 45 on 16 or 18 is normal. We now see the story in total. Perhaps the victim wasn't even gay but never had the chance to know for sure after BIG BIRD 'montored' him.
Al Day November 16, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Which one are you referring to as the'flamer'?
Al Day November 16, 2012 at 06:15 PM
It takes two to tango.
Al Day November 16, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Romney was right. We should do away with Big Bird & Company. Money going down the wrong hole.
HDGresident November 16, 2012 at 06:52 PM
I agree with Al Day -- it takes two to tango. Kevin should have known better than to be in the entertainment industry (particularly children) and be in his late 40's and have a relationship with an 18 year old! It might be legal, but it's exercising poor, poor judgment! I have no sympathy for either one of them!
David Robert Crews November 16, 2012 at 08:14 PM
When I watch TV, I look to see what's on PBS first. I have watched Sesame Street, when allowing children in my home to have their choice of a TV show to watch. Sesame Street is a good thing to have if you want little kids to grow up to be good people. It isn't everything our kids need, but it sure is something positive, entertaining and educational in many ways. PBS TV programs that I watch everyday are also something positive, entertaining and educational in many ways. The talk shows are sensible - not sensational in a sick way that is demeaning to guests on the shows. The news programs are straight forward and well balanced. Many PBS programs help me better understand our world - out in wild nature, in human nature and in scientific facts about our world from the center of the earth out into the infinities of the universe . PBS teaches history realistically. The comedies are outstanding, and the music is fantastic. America is a far better place to live with PBS TV stations broadcasting to most of the country. And National Public Radio is good for our country, too.
Sam Battle November 16, 2012 at 09:13 PM
I feel that this false accuser needs to be placed on the sex offenders list so others can protect themselfs from the perp. as he will do it again to another and is just as dangerous if not more so then a sex offender and needs to be labeled and listed as such to protect everyone in the future. So he can see how it would have felt for mr clash had the truth not came out.
Christopher Kidwell November 17, 2012 at 09:45 AM
Again. NO! Put on a list published nationwide and perhaps world-wide of false accusers, yes. Put on the sex offenders list, no. I personally feel that we allow too much access to the sex offenders lists today and that some idiots who don't know who can get on the sex offenders lists might do something like murder someone on the lists who was just put on there for pissing in a bush. Yep, you can get on the sex offenders list just for being caught doing that, which is how totally insane the sex offenders list's expansion has gotten. Only a few types of sex offenders should be on the list: child forcible rapists, adult forcible rapists, child rapist/murderers and adult rapist/murders. Though, in the last two cases, those people if caught will probably never (rightly) see the outside of a prison ever again.
HDGresident November 17, 2012 at 11:40 AM
TMZ just reported that Clash paid the accuser a $125,000 settlement and the accuser had to say the relationship started at 18, but the accuser is still sticking to his story that it was 16. Either way, bad judgment on the part of Clash -- I have no sympathy for either one.
HDGresident November 20, 2012 at 04:28 PM
TMZ today is reporting another accuser, with his name and picture and he wants $5 million. Also, the first accuser is now saying he doesn't want the $125,000 and he was telling the truth!
Tim November 20, 2012 at 05:14 PM
UPDATE: Clash actually resigned as Elmo today. A second person has stepped forward claiming he had sexual relations with Clash as a teen. http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/elmo-resigns-new-accusations-article-1.1205034
Marge Neal (Editor) November 20, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Dundalk Patch published new stories today: http://dundalk.patch.com/articles/kevin-clash-resigns-as-voice-of-elmo http://dundalk.patch.com/articles/clash-faces-allegations-of-second-accuser-nov-20-2012

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