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Drake & Josh star Drake Bell Accused of Physical, Verbal, and Sexual Abuse

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Melissa Lingafelt, Nickelodeon star Drake Bell’s ex-girlfriend posted a video on the app TikTok under the handle @jimiono accusing him of physical and verbal abuse during their relationship. 

The video features photo evidence of their intimate relationship and instances at different social events.

She claims that the relationship started when she was 16 years of age. She moved in with him while being homeschooled and still pursuing a singing career. A year after is when the verbal abuse began. “When I say verbal abuse, imagine the worst type of verbal abuse that you could ever imagine and that was what I got,” Lingafelt said in the TikTok.

It soon escalated to physical abuse, mentioning that he hit and threw her. “The pinnacle of it, he drug [sic] me down the stairs of our house in Los Feliz. My face hit every step on the way down. I have photos of this.” she said. 

She ended the video saying that she doesn’t want to get into “the whole underage girl thing. I mean I will, but I’m scared.”

Lingafelt started out the video saying that she doesn’t care who believes her because that is her personal story. Soon after she posted the video, other survivors and friends of survivors who have been sexually and physically abused by Bell came forward to share their support and stories with Lingafelt. 

She posted a series of screenshots of the messages she received on TikTok as evidence of his involvement with underage girls, even while still dating Lingafelt. 

Bell made a statement to PEOPLE denying the allegations. “I never abused my ex-girlfriend or did so many of the other things Melissa falsely claimed on her TikTok video,” he said.