Melissa Lingafelt: Who records music under the name Jimi Ono and is Drake Bell’s ex-girlfriend, has accused the former teen sensation of verbal and physical assault. “This is my truth,” she wrote in a candid video on TikTok.
I hope that my message reaches young ladies and that no one else has to go through what I went through.
2020survivor. According to People, the two dated from August 2006 to February 2009. While speaking, Lingafelt fills the film with images of herself and Bell from that time period:
First and foremost, I’d like to state that I don’t care if anyone believes me because this is my tale, my life, and something that I experienced.
Drake Bell’s Ex-Girlfriend Melissa Lingafelt
I didn’t know until later that abuse wasn’t something that all women had to deal with. I was 16 when I started dating Drake, homeschooled, living with him, and singing.
The verbal abuse didn’t start for another year or so. Conceive the worst form of verbal abuse you could ever imagine, and that’s exactly what I received when I said “verbal abuse.” Then it became physical: striking, throwing, and everything else.
He [dragged] me down the stairs of our Los Feliz home at the top of it all. On the way down, my face collided with every step. This is documented in photographs. I’m not even going to bring up the subject of underage girls. I mean, I’ll do it, but I’m afraid.
Think you can damage my feelings?” Lingafelt wrote in a TikTok before this one. From 16 to 19, I lived with and dated an alcoholic, abusive Drake Bell.
Lingafelt has shared more TikToks since her confessional on August 12th, including DMs from witnesses to her alleged assault and more victims coming forward with their own stories.
“I met Drake in early 2007 when I was 16,” one anonymous note claims, accusing Bell of statutory rape. At the time, he was dating you. That didn’t stop him from banging my 15-year-old virgin pal. I have faith in you. I’m very sorry for what you’ve had to go through.
And what my friend had to go through. Because that was a legal rape.” Another alleges that when he was 20, he slept with a 15-year-old. Another anonymous note reads as follows:
Nothing is going to happen… Drake performed at a fundraiser concert for my high school a few years ago when I was in eighth grade.
Drake was nothing like you’d expect him to be during his entire set. All I remember after the performance is meeting Drake and being assaulted by him. This guy, who I had idolised as a youngster, was in fucking 8th grade when I met him. He used to be a rapist. He was a sicko to the core.
Lingafelt reveals a DM chat she had with another of Bell’s ex-girlfriends, Paydin Layne LoPachin, who dated Bell for five years, in another TikTok. “I will stand by your side and back you up as I went through the same awful verbal, physical, and mental abuse,” LoPachin says in the DM exchange to Lingafelt.
I was tricked and indoctrinated,” she adds, and when Lingafelt responds, “He had sex with hundreds of minor females, LoPachin responds, “YES!!” “There were so many days where I thought… Melissa Lingafelt went through this and she came out!!” writes LoPachin. “He called me a cunt, and he LOVED to call me a whore,” she added.
Another of Bell’s ex-girlfriends, Gillian Leos wrote to support Lingafelt and offer her own storey, stating, “I know this to be true from personal experience.” We went to high school together and dated from 16 to roughly 21 from 2001 to 2005/06… Thank you for taking the time to speak out.
I wish I had a larger number of receipts. I have a few photos… He broke every phone I owned at the time, so there are no voicemails or texts.
Like you, I have a lot of acquaintances and witnesses who can attest to what he did to me…” “He is a narcissistic sociopath, and I know there are more of us out there,” she continued.
In response to the charges, Bell told People that he “never abused my ex-girlfriend or done so many of the other things Melissa falsely alleged in her TikTok video.”