Sheldon Stephens Is Elmo’s Accuser

November 15th, 2012 // 76 Comments
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Because sometimes, but not too often or else it’ll get ideas, the Internet does more than just fill our eyes with delicious porn and babies dressed like Iron Man (No one suggest combining those two. I know you’re thinking about it.), The Smoking Gun has discovered the identity of Kevin Clash‘s accuser: 24-year-old Sheldon Stephens, a.k.a. “Sheldon Xzavier,” of Harrisburg, Pa. who, surprise, has a criminal record of floating bad checks and robbing people of jewelry at knifepoint. TSG also shits on TMZ’s coverage particularly that Sheldon received a settlement because by the time his statement recanting the allegations was released, he’d already been dropped by his lawyers presumably for making the whole thing up:

Shortly after the statement’s release, TMZ scrambled to publish a story (citing “sources close to the situation”) claiming that attorneys for Clash and the accuser were, right then, purportedly “discussing a financial settlement and 6-figures were on the table.” At that point, however, Stephens was no longer being represented by Andreozzi & Associates, the Harrisburg law firm, and had no other legal representation. The issuance of the statement was done as a courtesy by Stephens’s former counsel, who noted that, “He will have no further comment on the matter.”
The acknowledgement that the damaging claim against Clash was not true came as a relief to the producers of “Sesame Street,” who, as The New York Times notes, “had been alarmed by seeing the words ‘under-age sex’ in the same sentence as ‘Elmo.’”
The recanting, however, came after TMZ had effectively outed Clash as a gay man. In a statement, the puppeteer noted, “I have never been ashamed of this or tried to hide it, but felt it was a personal and private matter.” It is unknown if TMZ, one of the country’s leading practitioners of checkbook journalism, paid Stephens for his story.

Of course, the real winners in this debacle are right-wing bigots who now have TWO gay minorities to hate. One openly without fear of consequence because, seriously, fuck this guy. And another a little less openly as they try to cost him his job for doing absolutely nothing wrong. It’s a beautiful morning for hate in America. Breathe it in.


  1. Sheldon Stephens Xzavier Kevin Clash Elmo Accuser
    Commented on this photo:

    Why does a gay dude have a lady tattooed on his chest?

  2. Sheldon Stephens Xzavier Kevin Clash Elmo Accuser
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    How romantic. Now go fuck yourself.

  3. Sheldon Stephens Xzavier Kevin Clash Elmo Accuser
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    Woah, 80′s flashback…Max Headroom and Webster.

  4. Sheldon Stephens Xzavier Kevin Clash Elmo Accuser
    Moo Cow Hunter
    Commented on this photo:

    He has to be a special kind of narcissistic egomaniac to kiss his own mirror image – and while what looks like grabbing himself. And by special I mean psychotic.

  5. Deacon Jones

    This guys is in your neck of the woods. You and Photo Boy should go out drinking with him and see what happens!

  6. Sheldon Stephens Xzavier Kevin Clash Elmo Accuser
    Cock Dr
    Commented on this photo:

    I feel very sorry for Mr Clash. Poor judgement in sexual partners can wreck a person’s life.

    • Indeed… *gets himself a Scotch*

    • Eddie Baby

      Elmo hangs with a bad crowd.

    • Schmidtler

      That and only that is my beef in this story – you have a dream job working on a high profile children’s show, it’s already a lightning rod for criticism because it’s taxpayer funded and we’re in debt past our eyeballs, how about using a little sense when choosing your butt sex partners, like idk, maybe rule out borderline underage dudes with criminal records and incredibly sketchy backgrounds? All I’m saying is, Clash is not blameless and is not a victim of anything more than his own poor judgment and lack of self control. ok, and a b.s. story made up by a criminal with no morality. If you don’t want to end up with shit on your shoes, then don’t walk in the dog park.

      • Schmidtler, I love how you made a complete ass of yourself over the past couple of days—particularly how sure you were that this guy only recanted his story after secretly getting a six-figure hush-money settlement—but now you have to backpedal so fucking hard and claim that this was your ONLY beef all along.

        And what a beef. PBS isn’t “a lightning rod for criticism because it’s taxpayer funded and we’re in debt past our eyeballs”—it’s been a lightning rod for criticism from the right because it used to show nudity sometimes, because so-called media watchers insist that its news and political coverage skews left, and probably because its channels are taking up valuable real estate on the digital cable spectrum. All of the other arguments—free-market principles! Sesame Street can pay for itself!—are mostly for show, meant to put a reasonable face on a religious-right jihad that encompassed the National Endowment for the Arts as well—and nobody cared about defunding the NEA until the Mapplethorpe exhibition and Andres Serrano’s “Piss Christ.”

        The $445 million PBS was allocated for 2013 is 0.012% of the national budget. As Neil de Grasse Tyson put it, “Cutting PBS support (0.012% of budget) to help balance the Federal budget is like deleting text files to make room on your 500Gig hard drive.” He tweeted that during the presidential debate when Mitt Romney was asked what he would cut to balance the budget and he responded, PBS and Planned Parenthood. But no, Schmidtler, eliminating a few dinky line items (which also just happen to double as political hot-buttons) will not add up to some grand number that will eliminate our debt. The only people who are angry about PBS funding in our current fiscal situation are the people who were already angry about it in the first place and find it convenient to make it a fiscal scapegoat. So stop drinking the Glenn Beck Kool-Aid.

        And of course that’s not the limit to your bullshit. Now that the truth is coming out, your pillorying Kevin Clash for having “underage sex” is now criticism for “borderline underage” sex. WTF is that? Last I checked, when you’re an adult, you’re an adult, whether you’re 18 or 24 or 70. And it doesn’t make a damned bit of difference to the five-year-olds who watch Sesame Street—most of whom think that all adults are ooooold anyway. Nor do I (or pretty much anyone else here, apparently) buy into your argument that when you’re an actor on a children’s show, you give up your right to a private life with consenting adults performing legal activities.

        Basically, this whole imbroglio was a replay of the election for you, wasn’t it? “We can start balancing the budget by eliminating PBS!” “Gay people should keep their sexuality to themselves—and they should certainly be kept away from our children altogether!” “This just goes to show you how sick and perverted the whole liberal media complex is!” And you lost. Again.

      • Tom, thank you. Schmidtler, I can’t decide what phrase you have copied and pasted more, “butt sex” or “tax-payer funded show”

      • Once again TomFrank nails another bullshitter to the wall.

      • It really makes my day. Sometimes when I want to call someone out on here, I just sit back and let him do it. Because he does it so well.

      • kimmykimkim

        TomFrank, I actually just read all of what you wrote. Somehow you managed to hold my attention the entire time. Wow.

      • Knowing how you feel about lengthy posts, kimmy, that is indeed high praise.

        Oh, also, you have a rival for my affections now in MegP. So maybe you should step up your game. ; )

      • And thanks, Meg and Don. But don’t forget to save some love for justifiable, because he does this at least as much as I do. (But just some love, Meg. Leave most of it for me.)

      • *needs a cuddle*

      • I’ll cuddle with you anytime.

      • Cock Dr

        TomFrank ain’t just a reliable shoe monkey…he’s one of the site’s quality commenters.

      • Jesus Christ, TomFrank, keep all the much-deserved love for yourself. Nobody could have done it better; I am in awe.

      • kimmykimkim

        Oh yeah? Well, I’m gonna steal her from you!

  7. I like my hate with some fava beans and a nice Chianti

  8. So, not only did TMZ out a closeted gay man working on a children’s show, but they paid a guy for a false story and then falsely claimed he received a settlement when he didn’t?

    Here’s what happened: Elmo picked the wrong guy to bang, and he tried to extort him. When his “proof” turned out to be emails that clearly were sent when he was an adult, and Clash was outed, Clash realized there was no point in settling with the guy since his only secret was that he was gay. Clash knew the guy couldn’t prove he was underage, because he wasn’t. So, when Clash said fuck it, try to prove it, the lawyers dropped accuser because there was no proof. But don’t worry, he did get something out of it, because TMZ paid him.

  9. Sheldon Stephens Xzavier Kevin Clash Elmo Accuser
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    Fish, keep your fucking political BS out of the posts. This place used to be a lot better written but has sucked ass for the last few years.

    You need to stop trying to be like that angry little man Rachel Maddow.

    • I’m sure he would be so upset to lose as a reader such a lovely person like yourself.

    • Enidaj

      So somebody is holding a gun to your head and forcing you to come to this website? Don’t complain about something you don’t have to do.

    • Schmidtler

      wtf even bother with tu or td on posts if pussy boy fish is just going to rig it so he’s turning off the tu for comments he doesn’t like and turning off the td on comments that he does like? stop rigging it, or get rid of it entirely if it’s just bullshit.

  10. Brett Ratner's sweaty ass hair

    What an odd and ugly looking piece of work this character is.

  11. Sheldon Stephens Xzavier Kevin Clash Elmo Accuser
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    The fuck? Is he supposed to be hot?

    • Calvonar333

      However you want to put it he is indeed a good looking guy with out a doubt. To answer your question that you already have the answer to he is that fucking hot.

  12. Sheldon Stephens Xzavier Kevin Clash Elmo Accuser
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    I guess he DIDN’T tickle his Elmo. Who knew?

  13. I would like to point out this is the “child” that everybody “felt bad for” and was “a victim of a big scary famous person”.

    Yeah. Where is everyone saying those things now?

    • Schmidtler

      You’d already know this story was about something that allegedly happened years ago if you bothered to read before commenting. People get older as time goes by, kids get taller, and all that. But hey, why let facts get in the way of your hysterical uninformed shrieking.

      • What the hell are you talking about? He said he was an adult, moron. Why don’t you read, and once you figure out how to do that, we can talk about the 2016 election, because that’s how long it will clearly take you.

      • Holy Fuck! This assclown is talking about getting the facts straight?! How about the fact that one ADULT was trying to extort money from another ADULT? How do you even move for all the straw-men surrounding you?

  14. Oh, and also, apparently the fact that Clash liked this kind of guy means he likes pre-school children too. If you look at a picture of a 4 year old and a picture of this guy, it would be really hard to tell the difference. I mean, like highlights-magazine hard.

    • Schmidtler

      The Jerry Sanducky defense team could have used your expert testimony – you could have brought pictures of his victims from this week into the court room, and asked the jurors “Do these look like children? No! they’re all ADULTS!” I wonder why Sandusky’s team of lawyers didn’t think of this defense strategy. Oh yeah, I do know why – it’s retarded.

      • You are the retard that said that he shouldn’t be around kids because he likes young men. Does this guy look anything like a preschooler? You are just another one of those hate-filled people that think all gay people are pedophiles. So, Bill Maher likes young girls… does that mean he shouldn’t be around his grandkids (if he has them) or any other preschoolers? You are the one whose theory makes no sense, and you are mad that everything you said was shit on because this guy said his story was false.

      • Schmidtler apparently thinks “recant” means “to cant again.”

    • Dude, highlights magazine is hard.

  15. Sheldon Stephens Xzavier Kevin Clash Elmo Accuser
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    “Of course, the real winners in this debacle are right-wing bigots who now have TWO gay minorities to hate”

    Muppets aren’t a minority group.

  16. Sheldon Stephens Xzavier Kevin Clash Elmo Accuser
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    Remember “Surrogates” with Bruce Willis ? I truly believe this is a fat bearded white guy in one of those chairs? As for Kevin Clash ,
    “I was gonna post to Facebook…But ain’t nobody got time for dat”

  17. JungleRed

    I didn’t know Milli Vanilli had a younger brother.

  18. Sheldon Stephens Xzavier Kevin Clash Elmo Accuser
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    What an ugly little worthless worm….

  19. Sheppy

    He looks… kinda gay.

  20. Buck

    The real winner’s in this story are the left wing bloggers who seem to really care where gay guys stick there penis and won’t let the story die.

    • Schmidtler

      I think the real winners are all those people who have jobs they really love, worked hard to get, and now understand just a little more how choosing to indulge one’s urges in a reckless manner can jeopardize everything they worked so hard to achieve. When your dong is screaming at you ‘hey I’M HORNY – who cares if he/she looks young, who cares if (s)/he’s got a sketchy background, let’s DO THIS!!!!’, maybe they’ll step back & reconsider before they end up in a shitstorm. Probably not though.

      • Because if you ask someone “Are you shady? Are you going to make up stories about me?” They are going to say “YES I AM!” And then, problem solved. God, Clash should’ve come across you.

        Your diatribe makes no sense because Clash still has a job and his reputation isn’t really tarnished since the guy recanted. He is out now, which might just make his life easier. People are rallying to support him. People like you are a dying breed, accept it.

      • kimmykimkim

        Lol. Schmidler, you’re such an idiot. Are you old or just some backwoods shit kicker? Or both?

  21. Fred Garvin

    Calm down fishy queer folks make mistakes also. Do not fear, the sun shall rise on your freshly waxed ass again tomorrow.

  22. Johnny seville's pederast Ghost

    “Strange brew , kill what’s inside of you”

  23. Mumra

    Fish, great commentary. TMZ is truly a pox on journalism of all stripes. Glad to see you call them out on it so forcefully, unambiguously, and mockingly.

    They deserve every bit of scorn for pushing this piece of trash journalism.

  24. Minky Wail

    It’s guys like this who take a simple thing like sucking semen from another man’s anus and make it disgusting.

  25. Sheldon Stephens Xzavier Kevin Clash Elmo Accuser
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    What a creepy looking robot. Echhh!

  26. He’s going get a porn deal any minute now… 3,2,1…..

  27. tlmck

    Looks like a mentally stable young man to me.

  28. We get it, whatever your name is that writes all this crap. You’re a closet homo who can’t function in society, so you lash out at “right wingers” as much as possible, as if all right-wing people are holding you down. Get the fuck over it, you socially crippled freak. No one gives a fuck about your opinion on the election. If you think Obama is the right choice, whoop de fucking doo. You’re dead wrong and a fucking idiot and have no idea how a country needs to function, but I don’t begrudge internet bloggers for being morons, they just don’t know any better.

    Slipping in some right-wing bashing comment in this story was pointless, but I guess you’re so maladjusted and insecure that you just can’t let it go. Sucks to be you. Now get hit by a fucking car or washed away in a hurricane or something.

  29. I’m so glad to see he was outed so everyone now knows what a piece of shit he is. In the digital age, there’s nowhere to hide.

  30. Burt

    See what I told ya, the story was BS. A victim doesn’t go first to a tabloid. He or she goes to the cops.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if TMZ put him in touch with Sandusky’s victim’s lawyers to make the story juicier.

    Also, ask yourself if the company which owns TMZ (look it up on wikipedia) has reason to destroy the Elmo franchise or get a debate going on about PBS.

  31. RichPort

    Wow… DJ Paulie D sure does look tanned in these pics…

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