The Dude Who Tried To Destroy Elmo Was Lying About Lying
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.)