Actor Drake Bell has denied the abuse allegations appeared in a video posted to TikTok from his ex-girlfriend, Melissa Lingafelt.
In the video, Lingafelt, who uses the stage name Jimi Ono on his TikTok account, on Wednesday accused Bell of verbally and physically abusing her when they dated and lived together over a decade ago. .
A representative for Bell gave the following statement for Diversity, saying he has never abused Lingafelt and is reviewing his legal options: “I never abused my ex or did so many other things that Melissa perjured on TikTok’s video she. When our relationship ended – more than a decade ago – we both, unfortunately, both called each other terrible names, which often happens when couples break up. But that̵7;s it. Obviously, Melissa still felt close enough to me last year and she comfortably reached out to ask me to help her financially during tough times (which I did). I don’t know if today’s behavior was a mistake for earning extra money or attention. But I cannot and will not allow these offensive and defamatory allegations to be disapproved and I am looking at my legal options.
In his video on Wednesday, Lingafelt said: “First, I want to start by saying that I don’t really care if anyone believes me because this is my story, my life and the things I’ve been through. It wasn’t until recently that I really realized that abuse is something that all women experience. When I first started dating Drake, I was 16 years old. I studied at home, I moved in with him, I sang. It was not until about a year that the verbal abuse began. And when I say verbal abuse, imagine the worst kind of verbal abuse you can imagine, and that’s what I get. Then it turns into physics – hit, throw, everything. At its peak, he knocked me down the stairs of our home in Los Feliz. My face pounded on the way down. I have pictures of this “.
Bell, 34, is known for his work on the Nickelodeon shows “The Amanda Show” and “Drake & Josh.”
Lingafelt also said, “I don’t want to get involved in teenage girls. I mean I will, but I’m scared ”.
In the video, Lingafelt shared some red carpet photos and house photos of herself and Bell. Finally, she flipped through a photo album of them and presented a picture box.