Sideshow: Suit accuses Clash of drug use

Elmo Actor Accused
Sheldon Stephens speaks at a news conference in New York, Tuesday, March 19, 2013. Stephens, 24, of Harrisburg, Pa., has filed suit against Kevin Clash, former voice of the "Sesame Street" character Elmo, claiming the entertainer lured him into drug-fueled sex when he was 16. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Sheldon Stephens, the first of four men who accused former Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash of molesting him when he was underage, alleges in a new lawsuit that Clash, 52, indulged in an orgiastic intake of crystal meth and "poppers" before having sex with Stephens, then 16. The suit, filed by the Harrisburg resident in U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania, says Clash promised the young would-be actor he'd help advance his career. Clash lawyer Michael Berger calls the suit meritless.

Making Bieber cry . . .

A luxury Paris hotel asked Justin Bieber to leave when hundreds of Beliebers laid siege. Poor dude! Worse, he was mocked on TV by his ex-gf, Selena Gomez! She told David Letterman on Monday that she's totally over the Bieb. Dave said that last time he chatted with Bieb, he made the singer cry. "Well, then that makes two of us," Selena said. Then she and Dave did a fist bump.

Tidbits 'n' pieces

Ian McKellen, 73, will preside at Patrick Stewart's wedding to jazz singer Sunny Ozell, 34, in Massachusetts. . . . A San Francisco venue forced Michelle Shocked to leave the stage Saturday when the born-again Christian went on an anti-gay rant.

Clearing the record

Monday's SideShow misreported a WHYY award and the name of its recipient. It is the Lifetime Learning Award and is being given to Terry Gross.

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