Drake Bell was one of the most popular teen actors around the turn of the century thanks to Nickelodeon. The actor became a recurring actor on The Amanda Show starting in 1999 and then rose to fame in 2003 with the debut of Drake and Josh, the hit series in which he and Josh Peck starred as demi -brothers who have spent their days causing comical excesses and trying to cope with the daily problems of adolescents.
However, childhood fame didn’t necessarily prepare Bell for the realities or responsibilities of adulthood. Bell quickly found himself struggling with many alcohol issues and waning fame in the early 2010s. Whether it was multiple DUIs or allegedly punching his underage ex-girlfriend, the former Nickelodeon actor has been tainted with numerous scandals over the years. There are a surprising number of weak spots in Bell’s career, as notable events like the bankruptcy filing, the foreclosure of his million dollar house, a long Twitter brawl with Michael’s daughter. Jackson, and cursing a bunch of high school kids in public, don’t even get on this list.
As his latest and potentially biggest arrest just broke online, Consequence has drawn up a timeline of some of Bell’s worst behaviors. Read on for a list of the many controversies and scandals that have plagued the actor’s career over the years.
2010: Sentenced for a DUI in San Diego
In 2009, Bell was arrested by a police officer and arrested in San Diego, California, for drunk driving. He was formally charged with a DUI in 2010. Little was reported about it at the time, but the files were drawn by multiple media outlets, like E! Online a few years later.
2012: Continued by producer Selena Gomez
In mid-August 2012, Bell secured his very first title on TMZ after being criticized in a lawsuit against John Fields, a coveted producer who has worked with music stars like Selena Gomez, the Jonas Brothers and Jimmy Eat World. . Apparently, the Nickelodeon actor hired Fields exactly two years before producing nine songs for his album A Reminder. Fields claimed that Bell agreed to pay $ 9,000 for each song Fields produced, but ended up paying only five, even after Fields waited several years for the late payments to arrive. Only four of the songs produced by Fields made it into the album, but he rightly demanded payment for the time and work he put into the Bell project, an estimate he claimed was around $ 36,000.
The two eventually came to an agreement in November 2012 thanks to the verdict of a court judge. Instead of having to pay the $ 36,000 for which Fields sued, Bell was ordered to pay out $ 42,787 – the full amount of Fields ‘commission rate plus interest and attorneys’ fees. If Bell had paid on time or even a year later, he could have saved an additional $ 10,000. Instead, the aspiring musician had to face the wrath of a judge’s gavel because he did not respond to the trial.
2016: Accused of a second DUI
In December 2015, Bell was arrested on suspicion of impaired driving while in Glendale, California. According to Tahnee Lightfoot, spokesperson for Glendale Police, the actor was arrested at 2:18 a.m. for riding a lane, driving at an unsafe speed (55 mph in a 35 mph zone) and came to a sudden stop at a red light. Officers say they smelled “an odor of alcohol” and administered a field sobriety test, but Bell “did not complete it satisfactorily,” People reported.
Bell was released on summons after posting $ 20,000 bail. However, in January 2016, he was formally charged with a misdemeanor. California state law notes that a second drinking and driving conviction in a 10-year period carries a minimum four-day prison sentence in the county – and Bell certainly qualified for such thanks to his other drunk driving charge in 2010. According to TMZ, he finally struck a plea deal and got 96 hours in the Los Angeles County jail, had his license suspended, got probation four years and was sentenced to attend an alcohol education program.
2020: Allegations of physical and emotional abuse by ex-girlfriend
In August 2020, Melissa Lingafelt, Bell’s now 30-year-old ex-girlfriend named Jimi Ono, accused him of emotional and physical abuse in a series of TikTok videos. The two dated for about two years starting in 2006, when she was 16 and he was 20, but halfway through their relationship Lingafelt alleges that Bell began to verbally abuse her.
“It wasn’t until about a year ago that the verbal abuse started, and when I say verbal abuse, imagine the worst type of verbal abuse you can imagine and that’s what I got,” he said. she declared. “The verbal abuse then turned into physical abuse. Hit, throw. All. At the top he dragged me up the stairs to our house in Los Feliz, my face hit every step on the way down. I have pictures of this.
Lingafelt has never publicly posted photos of her abuse, but she has shared text conversations with a friend who appear to corroborate her allegations against Bell. “I remember the photos. I remember the physical fights. I remember him throwing you in a bathtub and burning you with water, ”we read in a text message from his friend. “I remember he smashed all your antiques and I also remember calling the cops on him and having to stay at Molly’s house until the shit fell apart.”
In a subsequent TikTok video, Lingafelt also suggested that Bell had sex with underage girls. “I don’t even want to get into the underage girl thing,” she said. “I mean, I will. But I’m scared. ”After her posts went viral, Lingafelt then showed screenshots of the messages she received in response to her first TikTok videos. In those posts, an anonymous person accuses Bell of them. raped, along with two other people, when they were still under 18 years old.
Bell denied Lingafelt’s accusations at the time. “At the end of our relationship – over ten years ago – unfortunately we both called each other terrible names, as often happens when couples go their separate ways. But that’s it, ”Bell said in a statement. “Obviously, Melissa still felt close enough to me last year that she felt comfortable asking me to provide her financial support during a difficult time (which I did)… I don’t know if today’s behavior is some kind of misguided pursuit of more money or attention. But I cannot and will not allow these offensive and defamatory allegations to remain unchallenged and I am reviewing my legal options. “
2021: Charged with crimes against a child
On June 3, 2021, Bell was arrested and charged with disseminating information harmful to minors and attempting to endanger children. The alleged incident happened on December 1, 2017 in Ohio. Further details regarding the reasons he was arrested have not yet been made public.
Court documents name the agency that made the arrest as the Cleveland Police Division, and Bell was reportedly released on $ 2,500 bail. It seemed surprisingly low for the actor, especially compared to the amount of his deposit for his DUI 2015; some believe that this may suggest that the crime is not considered serious.
Bell was barred from all contact with the alleged victim and ordered to submit a DNA sample, which is said to be standard practice in Ohio. A preliminary hearing has been set for June 23 on Zoom. According to Fox, Bell should plead not guilty or not, while TMZ reports that he has already pleaded not guilty.