Drake Bell's Ex Shares Damning 'Evidence' Of Abuse

Rose Burke

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Drake & Josh actor Drake Bell has changed his name and fled to Mexico in a puzzling career move just months after being accused of abuse by a former girlfriend. Actress and singer Melissa Lingafelt made her revelation on TikTok back in August, accusing Bell of both verbal and physical abuse.

Only 16-years-old at the time, Lingafelt's confession encouraged others to come forward about their own negative experiences with the actor. Just as shocking as these allegations were was the fact that all of the girls coming forward were underage at the time.

Now, Bell is calling himself "Drake Campana" from a safe haven in Mexico. Was this move the best direction for his career or is the former Nickelodeon star on the run? New evidence shared by Lingafelt indicates he might be hiding out.

Melissa Lingafelt Accuses Drake Bell Of Abuse

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Melissa Lingafelt, who also goes by her stage name Jimi Ono, first started dating Bell in 2006 when Lingafelt was just 16-years-old and Bell was 20. According to People, their relationship lasted around 2 years and was serious enough that the two lived together for a time. She describes the abuse in detail on TicToc saying:

"First I would like to start out saying that I don't really care if anyone believes me as this is my story and my life and something I went through. It wasn't until recently that I realized abuse isn't something that all women have to go through. When I started dating Drake, 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. It then turned to physical — hitting, throwing, everything. At the pinnacle of it, he [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. I don't even want to get into the underage girls thing. I mean, I will, but I'm scared."

During the video, Lingafelt shows some photos of her and Drake during their relationship, however, none of the pictures seemed to show the abuse she experienced. Lingafelt later asked in an Instagram post for anyone who has been abused by Bell in the past to come forward.

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And, not so surprisingly, the allegations came rolling in!

Other Women Come Forward

Since Lingafelt posted her TicToc video, numerous women have come forward accusing Bell of an array of abuse.

One woman who came forward wrote to Lingafelt describing a disturbing incident between Bell and her friend:

"I met Drake in early 2007 when I was 16. He was dating you at the time. Didn't stop him from fucking my 15-year-old friend — who was a virgin. I believe you. And I am so sorry for what you endured. And what my friend endured. Because that was statutory rape. F**k everyone who's discounting your story. We know the truth. I'm guessing a lot of women out there know the truth."

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Another woman describes a similar story claiming Bell also raped her friend when she was underage:

"I can personally confirm he had sex with a friend of mine who was 15 years old when he was 20 ... I remember you speaking to my friend on the phone after it happened and you told her he choked you and spit in your face. This was in 2006."

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It isn't just random women who've come forward either. Several of Bell's ex-girlfriends have also contacted Lingafelt and stand by her allegations. A woman by the name of Gillian Leos dated Bell in high school and came forward with this response to Lingafelt's video:

"I know this to be true from personal experience. We went to high school together & dated from 2001-2005/06 from the age of 16 to about 21... Thank you for speaking out. I wish I had more receipts. I have some photos...unfortunately no voicemails or txt receipts bc he broke every phone I had back then. Like you I have many friends & witnesses to attest what he put me through... I've had several of them send me your Tik Toks & the article People.com put out. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you wanna talk about any of this. Again, I am so grateful that you're coming forward with this information. He is a narcissist sociopath & I know there are more of us out there."

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Another one of Bell's exes by the name of Paydin contacted Lingafelt to inform her that she had a similar experience. Paydin dated Bell for five years after he and Lingafelt broke up and accused the actor of both physical and verbal abuse. Based on the conversation Lingafelt posted on TikTok, it's clear that Bell uses fear to maintain control over the women he dates and even went as far as harassing Paydin's mother. They also claim Bell has had sex with "hundreds of underage girls."

Lingafelt continues to share allegations from other women on her TikTok page. Bell has been accused of asking young teenagers for nudes when he was as old as 25 and raping a girl when she was in 8th grade.

Drake Bell's Response Is Weak

In response to Lingafelt's claims, Bell denies everything and accuses the singer of making things up for money or attention. Here's his full statement to Variety:

“I never abused my ex-girlfriend or did so many of the other things Melissa falsely claimed on her TikTok video. As our relationship ended — more than a decade ago — we, unfortunately, both called each other terrible names, as often happens when couples are breaking up. But that is it. Clearly, Melissa still felt close enough to me just last year that she was comfortable reaching out to ask me to provide her with financial support during a tough time (which I did). I do not know if today’s behavior is some kind of misguided quest for more money or attention. But I cannot and will not allow these offensive and defamatory allegations to go unchallenged and I am reviewing my legal options.”

Bell failed to address the allegations against him for having sex with underage girls as well as the fact that his relationship with Lingafelt was illegal.

Melissa Lingafelt Starts Sharing Proof

Even though other women came forward with their own allegations against Bell, many people demanded to see proof from Lingafelt of the abuse she endured. While abuse victims should never have to provide the public with evidence in order to be taken seriously, she came through anyway.

Lingafelt posted these text messages to her TikTok page as "evidence" of Bell's abuse. It seems to be a conversation between her and a friend who had witnessed some of the abuse.

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To back up her friend's claims, Lingafelt also shared photos of journal entries from the evening the police were called.

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Here's an excerpt from the journal pages dated February 2008:

"...we invited Molly over because I thought Drake was shooting all day — I think he was having a really bad comedown from all that E, but it's no excuse. Anyway, we went to go pick up some weed and it was this big ordeal bc one ATM wasn't working and Molly took the long way — We got home like an hour and a half later and Drake wasn't home and my glasses were bent to shit and my favorite antique...smashed to pieces.
THEN he came home. I don't even know how it escalated to such an event .... he pretty much kicked me, choked me, slapped me, drug me anyway he could. Molly called the cops. We spent the night at her place ... My whole body was just aching."

Lingafelt also shared a photo of a police report from December 2009 that indicates she reported an ex-boyfriend for threatening phone calls.

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In addition to all of this damning evidence, Lingafelt also shared a photo of herself from 2008 near the end of her relationship with Bell. If you look closely, you can see some redness and swelling under her left eye.

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Drake Bell Has Fled To Mexico

It has been a year since Bell decided to legally change his name to "Drake Campana" (which translates to "Bell") and only post to his social media profiles in Spanish. Despite hinting at it for a while, few people could have predicted Bell would pack up and permanently move to Mexico. However, that's exactly what he did and by the looks of it, he has been there a while.

Bell has since released several popular songs in Spanish and has managed to make a name for himself within the Mexican entertainment community. At first glance, it looks like Bell moved to Mexico to pursue a music career. When you look closer, however, the timing seems a bit suspicious.

The actor turned musician started posting memes that portrayed his interest in moving to Mexico back in November of 2019, but it's unclear when exactly he moved. Likely, it was prior to Lingafelt's accusations but with so many victims coming forward, there's a good chance he was confronted by some of them at some point over the years. Did he flee before any of them could take legal action?

Whatever his reason for moving, Bell is in some serious hot water. Lingafelt has made it clear that she is working with witnesses and other victims to put together a case against the former actor.

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Only time will tell what this all means for Bell, but as this story catches momentum we can likely expect more alleged victims to come forward.

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