Drake Bell's ex-girlfriend Melissa Lingafelt has accused the former Drake & Josh star of verbal and physical abuse in a TikTok video and in statements posted to both Twitter and Instagram. The 30-year-old, who uses the name Jimi Ono on her social media pages, made the claims on the aforementioned social media sites and accused Drake of bad behavior throughout their two-year relationship.
In the video, Melissa professed she did not care if anyone believed her story. She affirmed this was her own experience and stated this type of mistreatment was not something all women experience.
The couple began dating when Melissa was reportedly 16 years old. Drake was four years older at the time of the couple's union.
"I moved in with him, I was singing. It wasn't until about a year when the verbal abuse started. And when I say verbal abuse, imagine the worst type of abuse you could ever imagine, and that was what I got," she said in the clip.
Melissa claimed the abuse became physical and even accused Drake of dragging her down a flight of stairs.
Melissa added several other TikTok videos to her account that contained messages she claimed to have received in response to her original post from other women who also experienced reported bad behavior at the hands of the former Nickelodeon star, wrote Entertainment Weekly.
On her Instagram story, Melissa declared others knew of Drake's alleged mistreatment. She said she had witnesses and photos to document her statements and concluded she was hopeful that by speaking out, she would give other girls the strength to stand up regarding their interactions with the actor. She maintained he had "hundreds" of victims.
In a series of Twitter posts, Melissa told her followers she did not make the allegations against the actor for attention.The television star and musician has denied the claims against him, reported People Magazine.
"I never abused my ex-girlfriend or did so many of the other things Melissa falsely claimed on her TikTok video," said Drake regarding the accusations made against him. "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."
Drake remarked that recently, Melissa had asked him to provide her with financial assistance, which he declared he did. The actor said he would be exploring legal options in regard to his ex-girlfriend's accusations.