The man who accused Elmo Muppeteer Kevin Clash of engaging in sex when he was underage has been identified as a wannabe model with multiple prior arrests — including one for a knifepoint robbery, according to a report.
The accuser, identified by the Smoking Gun web site Sheldon Stephens contacted Clash’s bosses at “Sesame Street” to claim he had sex with Clash when he was 16-years-old.
Stephens, 24, quickly recanted Tuesday, one day after the allegations became public and Clash, 52, was forced to take a leave of absence from the beloved childhood program.
TMZ reported Stephens released the statement after lawyers for him and Clash began discussions on a possible “six-figure” financial settlement.
Stephens, who lives in Harrisburg, Pa., lived in Brooklyn from 2007 to 2008 when, according to his resume obtained by the Smoking Gun, he was an intern at Blowback Productions in Chelsea.
Stephens’ past includes an arrest for allegedly robbing a former boss of a $250,000 gold necklace at knifepoint, according to the Smoking Gun.
In 2009, Stephens allegedly stole the jewelry in California from music manager Darian Pollard after Stephens was fired from his internship.
Stephens was arrested after returned to Pennsylvania but charges were never filed in California, the Smoking Gun reported.
Stephens also has been arrested for passing a bad check, and reckless driving.
His mother, Felicia Stephens, 48, was busted in 2011 for allegedly stabbing her husband with scissors.
Felicia, charged with attempted murder, is free on bail pending trial.
Sheldon stood by his mother, telling the Harrisburg Patriot News, “My mom is the nicest person in the world.”
Sheldon did not immediately return requests for comment.