Drake Bell, 34, has been charged with attempted endangering children and disseminating matter harmful to juveniles in Ohio.
The Cleveland Division of Police is listed as Bell’s arresting agency, though the date of the arrest is not disclosed.
Bell posted bond, which was set at $2,500, this past Thursday. He appeared in Cuyahoga County court and pleaded not guilty.
Bell agreed to not have contact with his alleged victim upon being released. In addition, he will be required to submit a DNA specimen.
The actor is expected to appear in a pre-trial hearing on June 23.
Melissa Lingafelt, who goes by her stage name Jimi Ono on social media, spoke out against Bell in a TikTok video around this time last year, accusing him of both verbal and physical abuse during their relationship.
In a statement to PEOPLE, Bell urged that he “never abused my ex-girlfriend or did so many of the other things Melissa falsely claimed on her TikTok video.”
Lingafelt, who dated Bell in 2006 for around 2 years, began the video by saying: “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.”
“It wasn’t until recently that I actually realized that abuse isn’t something that all women have to go through. I moved in with him, I was singing. It wasn’t until about a year when the verbal abuse started,” she said. “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,” she continued. “At the pinnacle of it, he drug [sic] me down the stairs of our house on Los Feliz. My face hit every step on the way down. “
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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