Elmo Sex Accuser Is An Alleged Model With A Very Real Rap Sheet

The Smoking Gun has tracked down the man who accused Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash of engaging in an underage sexual relationship–only to recant the allegation a day later. Turns out he’s a 24-year-old wannabe model/actor who was once arrested for robbing his employer of $250,000 in jewelry by knifepoint. Gee, when did Sesame Street get so seedy?

Get it? Sesame? Seedy. Anygay…

Sheldon Stephens has been around the block, to the rodeo, and back his fair share of times. Often modeling under the name “Sheldon Xzavier,” the 5’ 10” Harrisburg resident has met with little to no success as a professional pretty person but has earned quite a track record as a scumbag.*

The Smoking Gun reports:

Court records show that Stephens himself has been arrested several times since 2009. Last year, Stephens was busted for passing a bad check, though that charge was eventually dismissed after he settled the debt with a Harrisburg business. He was also collared last May for reckless driving, and subsequently pleaded guilty to a traffic offense.

The most serious criminal charges filed against Stephens came in September 2009, when he was arrested at the Harrisburg airport after stepping off a flight from L.A..

According to a criminal complaint, music manager Darian Pollard contacted the Beverly Hills Police Department to report that Stephens–an intern that he had just fired–had robbed him at knifepoint of a $250,000 “white gold necklace with diamonds” and a “white gold ring with diamond baguets.”

Pollard, who heads DP Music Entertainment Group, told cops that Stephens had boarded a flight bound for Harrisburg. Beverly Hills police contacted their counterparts in Pennsylvania, and two officers detained Stephens, who “was wearing the necklace and also the ring” as he exited the plane, reported an investigator, who added, “He made no attempt to hide either article.”

Stephens denied the jewelry was stolen but rather insisted they were “gifts.” No charges were subsequently filed against him and Pollard for his part – a self-described “very wealthy” man who has been held up “like five times” – can’t recall being robbed at knifepoint by Stephens or calling Beverly Hills cops.

Speaking with TSG, a friend of Stephens’ dismissed the Beverly Hills incident as a simple “misunderstanding,” comparing it to a “domestic dispute.” So it sounds like this Pollard fellow was one of “these high-powered men” that Sheldon attracts, as the friend claims, as was Kevin Clash. Because nothing says “power” like shoving your hand up a puppet on public broadcasting for 25 years.

Stephens may have “attracted” Clash when he worked retail in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood, whilst living in Brooklyn. Having since moved back home with his mother* in Pennsylvania, perhaps Stephens saw all that glorious red fur and thought green. But whatever his reasons for lying about his relationship with Clash, there’s no excuse for potentially ruining a man’s career.

Between Elmo and Petraeus, what heroes do we have left?


*Sidebar: And it seems that felony runs in the family. Sheldon’s mother, Felicia Stephens, 48, was charged last March with attempted murder after she allegedly repeatedly stabbed her husband with a pair of scissors. She’s currently free on bail, but facing a felony aggravated assault rap, she’s due in court December 19. Following her arrest, Sheldon described his mother as “the nicest person in the world.”

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  • Dumdum

    Well he DOES have pretty eyes. I think what that young man needs is a good spanking. THE VERY NERVE, an attractive young man taking advantage of an older successful Gay man. You can’t play unless your willing to pay. It’s a Gay Club bylaw. You know the one. I’m hot your not, you want some of this? You gonna pay.

  • jerry_pritikin

    The real scumbag is the Lawyer who represented this piece of shit. He should be disbarred.
    There are hustlers who earn their pay, and rude awakenings for older gay’s who buy more then a piece of ass. Also TMZ needs to make an apology to Mr. Clash for running his famed career.

  • Aedan Roberts

    This ass-clown has pretty eyes @1? It’s hard for me to tell- I can’t get past how close they are together. It looks like a birth defect. Also pencil mustaches are just . . . Well, gross.

  • Papi Balenciaga

    Pretty eyes don’t count for chit, when you are a trifling ass gutta bucket.

  • 2eo

    His face looks like it was sculpted by a surgeon using a reflection off a spoon.

  • biguy

    Such a shame for Kevin Clash, what’s up with the dig at his career as a puppeteer? Those Elmo checks are bigger than anything you’ve been bringing home for the last 25 years

  • MK Ultra

    Model? Well Im sure many people in his line of work call themselves.

  • MK Ultra

    Model? Well Im sure many people in his line of work call themselves that

  • Dionte

    Not nice what you did.

  • Gus

    He looks like an Afro version of K-Fed, much of an arch-typical douche.

  • Mr. Enemabag Jones

    music manager Darian Pollard contacted the Beverly Hills Police Department to report that Stephens–an intern that he had just fired

    Right. An “intern” wink-wink-nudge-nudge.

  • Sammy Schlipshit

    So where was all the outraged press coverage when the accuser retracted?

    How can ‘Mr. Elmos’ reputation ever be restored?

    How about all the folks who pillared Mr. Clash making loud and often public apologies?


    @#s3,4,5 HA! TEE-HEE!!! ;)

  • Rockery

    That is a different look for sure

    I wonder how much of this is true he seems troubled and will always be getting into “situations/drama”

    Poor Elmo

  • balehead

    he should have never settled money on this hustler…..

  • LadyLady

    So sad that Kevin Clash got caught up in this scum buckets web. I hope he bounces back from it. As for this gross wannabe – watch out folks, this entire situation is setting him up to be a dangerous psycho who will do anything to get what he wants.

  • Taliaferro

    @Dumdum: I find his eyes cold and intense and quite frightening. I would not want to be attractive to him – or have his mother upset with me. Obviously a warning about these two needs to be broadcast – however, there will always be gay men attracted to danger. The last one I knew ended up stabbed 37 times. Yes, he died.

  • InscrutableTed

    The kid’s pretty, but Elmo can do better.

  • MMDD

    I’m sorry, but Kevin is VASTLY better-looking than this fellow. The chest tattoo alone would be a huge turn-off for me.

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