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Drake Bell Denies Dragging Ex-GF Down Stairs, Allegations of Abuse

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By Gary Trock

Nickelodeon star Drake Bell is firing back at horrifying allegations lobbed by an ex-girlfriend who claimed the "Drake & Josh" star was emotionally and physically abusive during their relationship, including claiming that the star once dragged her down a staircase.

Melissa Lingafelt dated Bell for three years back in 2006, when she was 16 years old and he was 20. Going public with her allegations for the first time in 11 years since they split, Lingafelt took to her TikTok with a self-narrated video explaining the accusations.

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Going Public

Melissa Lingafelt / TikTok

In a video titled, "This is my truth," Lingafelt focused the camera on her face with a narration voiceover.

"First off I’d like to start out by saying I don’t really care if anyone believes me, as this is my story and my life and something that I went through," she began the video.

"It wasn’t until recently that I actually realized that abuse isn’t something that all women have to go through," Lingafelt added.

She explained that after being homeschooled, she met and moved in with the Nickelodeon star at his home in Los Feliz.

Allegations of Abuse

Drake Bell / Instagram

Lingafelt then claimed the "abuse" from Bell started about a year into their relationship.

"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 into 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."

Lingafelt also made accusations that Bell had sexual intercourse with underage teenage girls when he was 20 years old.

Claims to Have Evidence

Drake Bell / Instagram

Lingafelt continued her accusations on Instagram, writing:

"Everyone that really knows me and has been a friend of mine for the past 15 years, knows all too well of the abuse that Drake Bell put me through. I have so many witnesses. I have photos, it was my life. If you don’t believe me, it is clear to me what type of person you are, and I don’t need that on my side. No body [sic] wants attention from abuse!!!!!!!"

Drake Bell Responds

Drake Bell / Instagram

Within hours of his ex-girlfriend's accusations, Drake Bell issued a statement to the media denying the allegations and hinting that Lingafelt's story may have other motivations.

"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," a statement from the Nickelodeon star began.

Money Grab?

Drake Bell / Instagram

Bell also claimed that his Lingafelt reached out to him for money in the past year, and implies that maybe his ex is financially motivated while making it clear he's taking legal action.

"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."

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