Sheldon Stephens, the wannabe model and alleged con artist who tried to permanently mute Elmo’s voice, wants to give back the $125,000 he was paid to say he was lying about bumping bare nipples with Kevin Clash when he was only 16. Just a few days after TMZ broke the story that Sheldon accused Kevin of illegally sexing him, he played the J/K! card and took it all back. But now Sheldon wants to take back the J/K! card he played.
A source (aka Sheldon himself) tells TMZ that he is looking for a new lawyer to help him undo the agreement he made with Kevin Clash. Sheldon claims that during the settlement negotiations, Big Bird and Count Von Count held a shank to his face and threatened to cut him up if he didn’t sign that shit. Sheldon says that he was pressured into making a deal with Kevin. Elmo passed Sheldon a cashiers check for $125,000 right after he agreed to this:
“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.'”
Sheldon’s law firm dumped him right after a deal with Kevin was made.
Sheldon, who is 23 now, is willing to give back the money to wipe away the title “MUPPET-HATING LIE-TELLER” from his resume. Sheldon wants the world to know that he was telling the truth the first time and he was only 16 when he got tickled by Elmo.
I don’t know what to believe. Sheldon could be a gold digging grifter who is trying to shake more cash out of Elmo, or he could be telling the truth, or both! I have a feeling this is going to get messier, so we should all brace ourselves for all the details about Elmo’s sex life that will leak, like whether he’s a top or a bottom. (SPOILER ALERT: Elmo’s a sloppy, bossy bottom. I learned that fact when I made the mistake of opening up Grindr while taking a walk near Sesame Street.)