Drake Bell is denying allegations from his ex-girlfriend about abuse in their romantic relationship.
In a TikTok movie posted Wednesday, Melissa Lingafelt, who also goes by Jimi Ono on social media, claimed the “Drake & Josh” actor verbally and bodily abused her in the course of their two-12 months romantic relationship when she was 16.
Lingafelt, who has a 4-12 months age variance with Bell, is now 30. Folks experiences the connection commenced in 2006.
“This is my fact. I hope this concept reaches young ladies, and that no a person has to go as a result of what I did,” she captioned the online video, which has garnered a lot more than 4.3 million views, 873,000 likes and 13,000 comments.
In a assertion to United states Right now furnished by spokesperson Janet Von Thursday, Bell, 34, denied the promises, indicating he “in no way abused my ex-girlfriend or did so quite a few of the other points Melissa falsely claimed on her TikTok online video.
“As our romance finished — extra than a ten years back — we, sad to say, both equally named each other horrible names, as normally transpires when couples are breaking up. But that is it,” he reported. “Obviously, Melissa however felt shut enough to me just past 12 months that she was cozy reaching out to ask me to present her with monetary guidance in the course of a rough time (which I did).”
He ongoing, “I do not know if today’s behavior is some kind of misguided quest for additional revenue or focus. But I are unable to and will not enable these offensive and defamatory allegations to go unchallenged and I am examining my authorized possibilities.”
In her online video, Lingafelt claims, “I do not truly care if any person thinks me as this is my story and my lifetime and some thing that I went through.”
She then goes on to describe the alleged abuse, which include “the worst type of verbal abuse you can ever visualize,” which she claims started out about 1 year into their romance.
“It then turned into actual physical – hitting, throwing, anything,” she ongoing.
“At the pinnacle of it, he drug me down the stairs of our residence in Los Feliz,” she said. “My confront hit every stage on the way down. I have shots of this.”
She did not include things like the pics in the video clip.
In a statement posted to her Instagram Story, she explained that her good friends know “all much too nicely of the abuse that Drake Bell place me by.”
“I have so several witnesses,I have photographs, it was my lifestyle,” she wrote. “No system (sic) wishes consideration from abuse!!!!!!!”
If you or a person you know is impacted by domestic abuse and requires aid, be sure to phone the Countrywide Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, or if you are not able to converse safely and securely, you can log on to thehotline.org or text LOVEIS to 1-866-331-9474. If you are in an unexpected emergency scenario, please simply call 911.
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