Have you heard? There's some How You Doin' scandal brewing over on Sesame Street -- and Bert and Ernie are not involved. Last week (was it last week?), a man accused Kevin Clash, the voice of Elmo, of sexually assaulting him when he was only 16 years old. In the days since the story broke, the identity of the accuser was revealed. He is a 23-year-old aspiring model/actor and professional stunt queen named Sheldon Stephens who has been arrested several times since 2009. In 2011, he was jailed for passing a bad check at a store in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. But in September 2009, he was arrested for robbing at knifepoint his former boss and possibly sugar daddy -- music manager Darian Pollard -- of a $250,000 “white gold necklace with diamonds” and a “white gold ring with diamond baguets.” No charges were filed, however.
Late last week, Stephen recanted the story. So, you'd think everyone would go away -- but, now, the folks over at TMZ are reporting that Kevin, 52, agreed to pay the stunt queen $125,000 if he recanted the story. Sheldon changed his mind and has recanted his recant.
Multiple sources tell TMZ ... hours before Stephens recanted his underage sex allegation, a settlement was struck between the two parties. Under the terms of the settlement, Clash agreed to pay Stephens 125k. But the settlement then provides 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.'" The settlement document goes on to say if Stephens is asked by anyone about his relationship with Clash, he must only repeat the statement [above] in the settlement that recants his story. We've learned although Stephens signed the document, he continues to insist Clash had sex with him when he was a minor and was pressured into signing the settlement. One source privy to the negotiations tells TMZ ... Stephens was crying during final negotiations and repeatedly insisted he didn't want to sign. We contacted Clash's lawyer, but he had no comment.If Sheldon is indeed telling the truth and Kevin molested him when he was underage, then the authorities need to get involved. One wonder how many other victims are out there. Is this about to balloon into another Eddie Long saga? We've got popcorn poppin'.
UPDATE, Nov. 20: The ish has hit the fan. As we suspected a second man as come forward claiming Kevin assaulted him when he was just 15 years old! In a lawsuit filed in New York federal court, Cecil Singleton (who's now 24) says Kevin -- whom he met on a gay chat line in 2003 -- coerced him into sex more than a few times. According to the lawsuit, Kevin "groomed Cecil and gained his trust by, among other things, taking him to nice dinners and giving him money." The two met "on numerous occasions over a period of years" and engaged in sexual activity, the suit said. Cecil claims he "suffered severe injuries, including but not limited to mental, psychological and emotional trauma" and is seeking $5 million in damages. And, oh, Sesame Street fired Kevin's ass today. In a statement, Sesame Workshop said “the controversy surrounding Kevin’s personal life has become a distraction that none of us want,” leading him to conclude “that he can no longer be effective in his job.” He is saying he resigned, but we all know he was fired. He likes his boys as fem as possible. Hmm, how many other victims of this pedophile will surface? Since Cecil is seeking $5 million, will Sheldon file his own suit seeking $10 million? Probably. Will Kevin settle these two cases -- and the other not-yet-filed cases -- out of court? Definitely. We'll be watching.
Here are some photos of Cecil.
Yes, how he doin!
Sidebar: Kevin released this statement about his fire-ation:
“I am resigning from Sesame Workshop with a very heavy heart. I have loved every day of my 28 years working for this exceptional organization. Personal matters have diverted attention away from the important work Sesame Street is doing and I cannot allow it to go on any longer. I am deeply sorry to be leaving and am looking forward to resolving these personal matters privately.”
Privately? Good luck with that. The grrls talk.
Update #2: Rocking what appears to be a budget lace-front, Cecil and his attorney held a press conference, in which he detailed the nature of of relationship with Kevin. He says they didn't have intercourse while he was underage, but they engaged in a lot of "groping, masturbation, intense kissing, touching, dry-humping." Cecil says they had intercourse when he turned legal age. Yeah, Kevin. You're going down!
Update #3: Elmo speaks out about the scandal.
Update, Nov. 26: Shock! A third man has filed a lawsuit against Kevin Clash. The third accuser -- who's now 29 -- claims he met Kevin (who went by the name "Craig") on a gay chat line and, after several days of talking on the phone, he went to Kevin's apartment where Kevin plied him with alcohol and engaged in sexual activity -- "including oral sex and digital penetration of [the third accuser's] anus." He was 16 years old at the time. He says in 2009 he even began writing a book about his experience. Elmo likes to tickle 16-year-old wannabe models. Sit back and enjoy the destruction of Kevin, because -- as we told you before -- more men will come forward, filing more lawsuits. Watch!
Update, March 19, 2013: Sheldon filed his lawsuit and claimed Kevin threw a crystal meth sex party him in 2004. According to the suit: “Clash smoked crystal meth while engaging in sexual activity with Sheldon. Clash also gave Sheldon ‘poppers’ as a sexual aide. While Clash had sexual contact with Sheldon, the chauffeur watched and masturbated.” Oh, did we forget to mention that Kevin sent a chauffeur-driven limo to pick up Sheldon then the chauffeur would come in and join the party, er, "watch."