Drake Bell from the show Drake and Josh faces charges of child endangerment
Jared ‘Drake’ Bell, 34, who is known for his role in one of the most loved and popular Nickelodeon children’s show Drake and Josh has been charged with child endangerment. The actor has been facing criminal charges with regards to a girl who he met online and who attended his concert in Ohio in 2017, which is when she was just 15.
Drake was pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of attempted endangering children and a misdemeanour charge of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles in a Cleveland courtroom on Thursday. According to a report by Associated Press, Bell’s attorney Ian Friedman said, “All facts will be revealed in a courtroom.”
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According to Buzzfeed News, Tyler Sinclair, a spokesperson for Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley said that the charges have stemmed from an interaction between Bell and a 15-year-old child in December 2017 at a Cleveland nightclub.
Sinclair said in a statement that the child had filed her case in Canada in 2018 which was brought to the Cleveland Division of Police by the authorities. “While there, Bell violated his duty of care and, in doing so, created a risk of harm to the victim,” Sinclair said. “The investigation also revealed that months leading up to the concert, Bell sent the victim inappropriate social media messages.”