Jared Drake Bell is an actor, singer, composer, and musician from the United States. He began his acting career at the age of five, with his first television appearance on Home Improvement, and he starred in various commercials as a child. He was born in Newport Beach, California.
Bell is best known for his roles on The Amanda Show and Drake & Josh on Nickelodeon. On Nickelodeon, he also starred in a trilogy of The Fairly OddParents movies. Bell played Peter Parker / Spider-Man in Disney XD’s animated series Ultimate Spider-Man.
Bell’s childhood celebrity, on the other hand, did not necessarily prepare him for the realities or responsibilities of adulthood. By the time the decade of the 2010s began, Bell had run into a slew of problems with alcohol and waning celebrity.
The former Nickelodeon actor’s reputation has been tarnished by various incidents over the years, ranging from multiple DUIs to allegedly striking his young ex-girlfriend.
Bell’s career has had a surprising number of low points, to the point where notable events like filing for bankruptcy, having his million-dollar home foreclosed, getting into a long Twitter feud with Michael Jackson’s daughter, and cursing out a group of high school students in public don’t even make the cut.
Convicted of a DUI in San Diego in 2010.
Bell was found guilty of driving under the influence in San Diego in May 2010, six months after the incident. From 2004 to 2007, Bell co-starred in “Drake & Josh” with Josh Peck.
2012: Sued by Selena Gomez’s producer
TMZ broke the story after being sued by Selena Gomez‘s producer. John Fields, who has worked with Selena Gomez, Jimmy Eat World, and the Jonas Brothers, has filed a $36,000 lawsuit against Bell, alleging that Bell commissioned nine songs from Fields for his upcoming album but only paid for five.
Charged with a second DUI in 2016.
According to multiple sources, Drake Bell was sentenced to 96 hours in jail and four years probation for his second DUI arrest on Friday.
According to TMZ, the former Nickelodeon star, 30, accepted a plea agreement and was sentenced to four days in the Los Angeles County Jail. This sentence follows his 2015 DUI arrest, which came when the actor was pulled over by Glendale police at 2:18 a.m. for straddling a lane, driving too fast, and stopping abruptly at a red light.
Tahnee Lightfoot, a Glendale Police spokesperson, told PEOPLE last year that officers “smelled an odor of alcohol” and gave a sobriety test, which Bell “did not properly pass.”
After posting $20,000 in bail, Bell was arrested and then released with a citation. However, because he was also caught for DUI in San Diego in 2009, California state law mandates a minimum term of four days in county jail for a second offense within a 10-year period.
2020: Physical and emotional abuse charges by Bell’s now-30-year-old ex-girlfriend
Lingafelt spoke out about her 10-year relationship with Bell, claiming she was subjected to “the worst form of verbal abuse you could possibly imagine,” including punching, tossing, and being dragged downstairs.
Melissa Lingafelt, Drake’s ex-girlfriend, has accused him of verbal and physical assault.
Bell stated he was exploring legal action in a statement to Variety issued through a spokesman.
The statement reads, “I never abused my ex-girlfriend or did so many of the other things Melissa falsely alleged on her TikTok video.” “When our relationship ended — more than a decade ago — we both called one other horrible names, which is common when couples break up. But that’s all there is to it.”
Charged with crimes against a child in 2021
Bell was arrested on June 3rd, 2021, and charged with spreading dangerous material to minors and attempting to hurt children. The reported incident took place in Ohio on December 1st, 2017. More information on the circumstances behind his arrest has yet to be made public.
The Cleveland Division of Police is listed as the arresting agency in court documents, and Bell was reportedly freed on a $2,500 bail bond. That looked shockingly low for the actor, especially when compared to the amount of bond he received for his 2015 DUI; some speculate that this could indicate that the offense was not regarded as severe.
Bell has been forced to submit a DNA sample and has been prohibited from contacting the accused victim, which is allegedly a routine procedure in Ohio. On Zoom, a pretrial hearing has been scheduled for June 23rd. Bell is anticipated to make a not guilty or no contest plea, according to Fox, but TMZ claims he has already entered a not guilty plea.
Josh Peck, Drake Bell’s ‘Josh & Drake’ co-star, says the actor’s child scandal is ‘upsetting.’
Josh Peck has spoken out against Drake Bell’s alleged child endangerment. Peck, who co-starred in Drake & Josh with Bell from 2004 to 2007, described the news as “disappointing.”
The 34-year-old actor told Variety, “It’s distressing, and it’s an unfortunate scenario.” “It’s disheartening.”
For offenses against a minor, Bell, 35, was sentenced to two years probation and 200 hours of community service. The musician admitted to one count of felony attempted child endangerment and one count of spreading damaging information to minors. He could be sentenced to two years in prison.
During Bell’s sentence hearing on Monday, her victim gave an impact statement to the court, accusing the child star of sexual abuse.
Drake Bell Bankruptcy
Drake Bell declared bankruptcy in the state of California in February 2014. Drake claimed to owe approximately $600,000 in debt, the majority of which is owing to the IRS, according to the filing. Drake paid $2,050,000 in 2007 for a 2,640-square-foot Los Feliz property. Following his bankruptcy in 2014, the house went into foreclosure.
He stated his house was worth $1.575 million, but the mortgage was for $1.6 million. His monthly income was only $2,800, but his monthly expenses were $18,771. Drake also revealed that he made $408,000 in 2012, but only $14,000 in 2013.