Two months after he was sentenced to 2 years in jail for crimes in opposition to a baby, actor Drake Bell is telling followers by way of his Instagram account that many of the information they’ve heard about him currently is “entirely false and wrong.”
In addition to the time behind bars, Bell, who starred in Nickelodeon’s Drake and Josh from 2004 to 2007, was sentenced to 200 hours of group service in July for his interactions with an underage fan. That was after the 35-year-old had pleaded responsible to 1 depend of kid endangerment and one depend of disseminating matter dangerous to a juvenile. He had initially pleaded not responsible to the fees, however he switched after reaching a plea deal.
The fan, who was 19 when she delivered a sufferer’s influence assertion at sentencing, stated that Bell sexually assaulted her a number of occasions when she was 15. She stated that he had groomed her over textual content messages for years and had compelled her to carry out sexual acts on him a number of occasions.
Bell appeared to flatly deny that in his assertion.
“A lot of the news that you’ve been hearing, most of the news that you’ve hard recently, is entirely false and wrong, and I feel that you deserve and I owe you an explanation,” he started. Bell then stated he had not modified his title to Drake Campana, which is the deal with that he now makes use of on social media.
Then he spoke on to his authorized case.
“I know that this has moved very quickly for you, but for me it’s been a three-year thorough investigation into every false claim that has been made, and it’s not me telling you that the claims are false, but the state of Ohio has proven the claims to be false,” Bell stated. “If these claims were remotely true, my situation would be very different, and I would not be here at home with my wife and my son. But that being said, I’m not perfect, and I made mistakes. I responded to a fan whose age I didn’t know … yet when I became aware of their age, all conversation and communication stopped.”
He continued, “And this individual continued to come to shows and pay for meet and greets, all while I was unaware that this was the same person that I was communicating with online. And, uh, and that’s what I pled guilty to. You know, I … it was reckless and irresponsible text messages.”
Bell denied any bodily contact between him and his sufferer.
“I wanna make clear that there were no sexual images, nothing physical between me and this individual. I was not charged with anything physical. I was not charged with disseminating photographs or images or anything like that,” he stated. “This is strictly over text messages, and when I was presented with a plea deal, because of the messages, I felt that it was the best way to get this over quickly and for everybody involved to get to move on. And for me to get back doing what I love and that’s making music for you. And I want to thank you … to everyone who saw through the lies and did their research and looked at my case and saw it for what it was instead of all this media confusion. And, you know, don’t believe the media right off the bat, you know, it’s a lot of clickbait. Do your own research and come top your own conclusions. And I just want to say thank you to all of you … for sticking by me. And I love you. And I will see you soon.”