Just when you thought it was over, Sheldon Stephens strikes again. During the last couple of weeks, media outlets have been on fire with news surrounding accusations made by 23-year-old aspiring model, Sheldon Stephans against Kevin Clash, Elmo puppeteer claiming that Clash had sexual involvement with him while he was underage. Last Tuesday we reported that Stephans came out and recanted his statement regarding Clash’s sexual misconduct and stating that any relations that occurred between the two happened after he was of consenting age.
As if that wasn’t confusing enough, TMZ has a new twist to add to this never ending tale. It seems that Stephen’s now wants to “undo” the settlement that he agreed to, which awarded him with $125,000 in exchange for the following:
“Stephens agrees that immediately upon execution of this Agreement, his counsel, Andreozzi & Associates, P.C., shall release the [following] statement … ‘He [Stephens] wants it to be known that his sexual relationship with Mr. Clash was an adult consensual relationship.’”
Now, Sheldon is meeting with lawyers in Los Angeles because he felt that he was “pressured” into recanting his allegations that the Elmo puppeteer slept with him while he was sixteen and that the two did actually have a sexual relationship while he was underage. He claims that he is willing to return the $125,000 to Clash if it means his name will be restored, which is ironic since no one even knew his name prior to this controversy. He also shared that he became extremely emotional during negotiations and kept crying saying that he did not wish to sign the settlement deal.
I would say that this guy is going through the motions because he feels he can get way more out of this than $125,000 or even that he’s simply loving the media attention and wants to stay relevant, but honestly, none of us were there so who know how it all actually went down. Sheldon could very well be telling the truth or he could be lying. Regardless, Clash’s name has been trotted through the mud once again and will probably always be tainted by this scandal in the eyes of the public. One can only hope that the truth prevail over lies and that both men are eventually able to move on with their lives.
Jazmine Denise is a writer living in New York. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise