ON June 4, 2021, it was announced that former Nickelodeon star Drake Bell was arrested and charged.
Bell featured on the hit kids program Drake and Josh from 2004 to 2007.
Why was Drake Bell charged and arrested?
Drake Bell was arrested in Ohio and charged with the attempted endangering of children.
Court documents also show that the actor is facing charges of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles.
Drake appeared in Cuyahoga County court in Cleveland, Ohio on June 3, pleading not guilty to his charges and posting a $2,500 bond. The bond ordered him to have no contact with his alleged victim.
The alleged incident happened four years ago in December 2017. He was not indicted until May 2021.
He will return to court on June 23rd.
What has Drake Bell previously been accused of?
The Nickelodean star was previously accused of "verbal and physical abuse" by his ex-girlfriend, though he also denied those claims.
Melissa Lingafelt, who goes by the stage name Jimi Ono, claimed in a TikTok video that she was subjected to "the worst type of verbal abuse you could imagine," which she claimed later turned physical.
The pair dated in 2006 for around two years before they called it quits.
Lingafelt said, "I started dating Drake when I was 16. I was homeschooled, I moved in with him. I was singing. 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 imagine and that's what I got."
She continued, "The verbal abuse then turned to physical. Hitting, throwing. Everything. At the pinnacle of it, he dragged me down the stairs in our house in Los Feliz, my face hit every step on the way down. I have photos of this."
"I don't even want to get into the underaged girls thing," she said. "I mean, I will. But I'm scared."
Bell said that he "never abused my ex-girlfriend or did so many of the other things Melissa falsely claimed on her TikTok video," in a statement to PEOPLE.
The actor then said Lingafelt's actions were a "misguided quest for more money or attention," and that he is reviewing "legal options."
Why did Drake Bell change his name on social media?
Drake hasn't officially stated why the change occurred, but it seems to be down to his big fan base in Mexico.
In a move to appeal to that market more, this could explain the change.
On Instagram and Twitter his surname is now Campana and his bio reads "Para mis mejores amigos", which is Spanish and according to Google Translate means "For my best friends".
A post shared by Drake Campana (@drakebell)
Campana is also a direct translation of Bell, so it seems he's just done a simple translation, but he hasn't confirmed if he's made the change legally too.
This isn't the first time Drake has made a move to appear Mexican or Spanish, as in November 2019 he claimed on Twitter he wouldn't be writing in English any more, only Spanish.
Since then he's released music in Spanish and has hinted at focusing his attentions more on Mexico than the US in a meme-inspired Instagram post.
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