August 13, 2020

Drake Bell Accused of Verbal, Physical Abuse

The ex-girlfriend of actor Drake Bell has accused him of emotionally and physically abusing her during their relationship.

In 2006, the “Cover Versions” star began dating actress and singer, Melissa Lingafelt. They then broke up in 2009.

In a clip posted to video-sharing platform, TikTok, on Wednesday, 12 August, Lingafelt levelled serious allegations of abuse against the 34-year-old actor.

She explained: “When I started dating [Bell], I was 16. I was home-schooled, 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 ever imagine, and that was what I got.”

The 30-year-old actress added: “It then turned into physical – hitting, throwing, everything. At the pinnacle of it, [Bell] dragged me down the stairs of our house in Los Feliz. My face hit every step on the way down. I have photos of this.”

Bell has since denied Lingafelt’s claims, and says he is currently “reviewing his legal options” in order to challenge them.

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