Elmo actor faces abuse lawsuit - Boston News, Weather, Sports | FOX 25 | MyFoxBoston

Elmo actor faces abuse lawsuit

Posted: Updated:

By VERENA DOBNIK

NEW YORK (AP) -- A man who initially recanted sex abuse allegations against the former puppeteer of the "Sesame Street" character Elmo has sued him, alleging the entertainer lured him into drug-fueled sex when he was 16.

"I was taken advantage of by someone a lot older, and manipulated," Sheldon Stephens, who's now 24, told a Manhattan news conference on Tuesday.

He said he had met puppeteer Kevin Clash at a networking event for models and actors, and was later brought by limousine from his home in Pennsylvania to a New York apartment. There, Stephens said, Clash smoked crystal meth while giving the teenager another recreational drug.

In a federal lawsuit filed Monday in Pennsylvania, Stephens accused the 52-year-old Clash of sexual battery for childhood sexual abuse; travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct; and coercion and enticement to sexual activity. Stephens is asking for unspecified damages and coverage of his legal expenses.

Clash's attorney, Michael Berger, said in a statement Tuesday that his client denies any wrongdoing. He said Stephens already admitted he had had an adult consensual relationship with Clash.

Three other men also are suing Clash, alleging underage sex. Clash resigned from "Sesame Street" in November.

Stephens first made the allegations last year. His lawyer, Jeff Herman, said Stephens recanted over the possibility of a settlement, but none was ever reached. Herman said his client would not discuss details of any possible agreement.

Stephens said at the news conference that he was 22 when the relationship ended. He said he only took action after watching "Sesame Street" with his young nieces.

"When I started to realize my nieces were idolizing this character, it just disgusted me inside because I knew what had happened to me," Stephens said.

  • EntertainmentMore>>

  • Kim and I are like "two LeBrons": The most ridiculous quotes from Kanye West's GQ interview

    Kim and I are like "two LeBrons": The most ridiculous quotes from Kanye West's GQ interview

    Kanye West, the most vociferous armchair philosopher of modern time, has given yet another head-scratching interview to a print publication — this time, GQ.
    Kanye West, the most vociferous armchair philosopher of modern time, has given yet another head-scratching interview to a print publication — this time, GQ.
  • Richie Sambora solo and happier than ever

    Richie Sambora solo and happier than ever

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 1:54 PM EDT2014-07-22 17:54:17 GMT
    Richie Sambora spent 30 years as the lead guitarist of rock band Bon Jovi. Nowadays, he's touring with Orianthi, the former lead guitarist for the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson. “We’ve been tearing it up. It’s been the improvisational thing. It’s a very exciting thing," said Sambora during Good Day New York. The New Jersey native from "a blue collar, working class family" missed home and watching his daughter grow.
    Richie Sambora spent 30 years as the lead guitarist of rock band Bon Jovi. Nowadays, he's touring with Orianthi, the former lead guitarist for the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson. “We’ve been tearing it up. It’s been the improvisational thing. It’s a very exciting thing," said Sambora during Good Day New York. The New Jersey native from "a blue collar, working class family" missed home and watching his daughter grow.
  • Shawn Mendes on Good Day New York

    Shawn Mendes on Good Day New York

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 9:59 AM EDT2014-07-22 13:59:34 GMT
    The newest Internet sensation is Canadian singer Shawn Mendes. Born and raised in Toronto, Mendes, 15, says he would come home from school and spend hours watching YouTube users cover songs and learn how to play the guitar.  The teen's music went viral after posting a Vine clip of himself singing the chorus to Justin Bieber’s “As Long as You Love Me.” The next morning, Mendes had 10,000 likes and followers.
    The newest Internet sensation is Canadian singer Shawn Mendes. Born and raised in Toronto, Mendes, 15, says he would come home from school and spend hours watching YouTube users cover songs and learn how to play the guitar. The teen's music went viral after posting a Vine clip of himself singing the chorus to Justin Bieber’s “As Long as You Love Me.” The next morning, Mendes had 10,000 likes and followers.
Powered by WorldNow

25 FOX Drive
Dedham, MA 02026

Phone (781) 467-2525

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices