Drake & Josh star Drake Bell accused of 'verbal and physical' abuse by ex in TikTok videos as actor denies claims

ACTOR Drake Bell has been accused of 'verbal and physical' abuse by ex-girlfriend Melissa Lingafelt in a series of TikTok videos.

The former Nickelodeon star has denied the 30-year-old singer's claims in a statement to People and said he is "reviewing his legal options."

Lingafelt, who uses the username Jimi Ono, claimed that Drake had been verbally and physically towards her when they lived together more than a decade ago when she was 16-years-old and he, 20.

Sharing the video with her 72,000 followers yesterday, she began: "It wasn’t until about a year when the verbal abuse started.

"And when I say verbal abuse, imagine the worst type of verbal abuse you could ever imagine, and that was what I got.

"It then turned into physical – hitting, throwing, everything. At the pinnacle of it, he [dragged] me down the stairs of our house… My face hit every step on the way down. I have photos of this."


Lingafelt added that she didn’t "even want to get into the underage girls thing" and claimed, "I mean, I will, but I'm scared."

As well as her own claims, Melissa shared messages appearing to belong to another of Drake's ex girlfriends, Paydin Layne LoPachin.

Paydin, who dated the actor from 2011 until 2016, also alleged she experienced a similar situation of abuse. 

However, Drake didn't respond to LoPachin's claims as they were made public late last night following his public statement.  

In the statement, the 34-year-old said he "never abused my ex-girlfriend or did so many of the other things Melissa falsely claimed on her TikTok video."

Drake added that when their relationship ended "more than a decade ago," they "unfortunately, both called each other terrible names, as often happens when couples are breaking up. But that is it.


"I do not know if today’s behavior is some kind of misguided quest for more money or attention.

"But I cannot and will not allow these offensive and defamatory allegations to go unchallenged and I am reviewing my legal options."

The Superhero Movie actor also claimed that Melissa, who he dated from 2006 to 2009, reached out last year and asked for "financial support during a tough time," which he provided. 

Drake found fame starring on Nickelodeon's The Amanda Show from 1999 to 2001.

The TV star than landed his own spin-off show, Drake & Josh, with Josh Peck in 2004 until 2007.

In recent years, he has predominantly worked as a voice actor on several TV shows and video games and released his fourth studio album earlier this year.

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