Drake Bell addresses ‘reckless and irresponsible’ texts to minor following child endangerment conviction: ‘I made mistakes’

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Drake Bell has spoken about his making ‘mistakes’ two months after being sentenced to two years probation for attempted endangering children.

The former Nickelodeon star avoided jail after pleading guilty on June 23 to attempted endangering children, a fourth-degree felony, and a misdemeanor charge of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles.

The Drake & Josh star, 35, was sentenced to two years probation and 200 hours of community service. He is also prohibited from contacting the victim, who accused the actor of grooming her from the age of 12 and sexually abusing her when she was 15.

Thursday saw the actor share a video on Instagram and told fans that he owed them an explanation as he began: ‘Most of the news that you’ve been hearing, most of the news that you’ve hard recently, is entirely false and wrong, and I feel that you deserve and I owe you an explanation.’

The actor then clarified that he has not changed his name to Drake Campana, which is the handle that he now uses on social media.

Bell refocused on his legal case as he continued: ‘I know that this has moved very quickly for you, but for me it’s been a three-year thorough investigation into every false claim that has been made, and it’s not me telling you that the claims are false, but the state of Ohio has proven the claims to be false.

Drake Bell was sentenced to two years probation and 200 hours of community service in July for attempted endangering children (Picture: Cuyahoga County Jail)

‘If these claims were remotely true, my situation would be very different, and I would not be here at home with my wife and my son. But that being said, I’m not perfect, and I made mistakes.’

He continued: ‘I responded to a fan whose age I didn’t know … yet when I became aware of their age, all conversation and communication stopped. And this individual continued to come to shows and pay for meet and greets, all while I was unaware that this was the same person that I was communicating with online.

‘And, uh, and that’s what I pled guilty to. You know, I … it was reckless and irresponsible text messages.’

Drake and Josh Peck starred together on the hit comedy show, Drake & Josh (Picture: Nickelodeon)

The Amanda Show alum denied any physical contact between him and his victim as he added: ‘I wanna make clear that there were no sexual images, nothing physical between me and this individual. I was not charged with anything physical. I was not charged with disseminating photographs or images or anything like that.

‘This is strictly over text messages, and when I was presented with a plea deal, because of the messages, I felt that it was the best way to get this over quickly and for everybody involved to get to move on. And for me to get back doing what I love and that’s making music for you.’

Drake and his co-star became household names thanks to the show (Picture: Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)

He ended the video by thanking fans as he stated: ‘And I want to thank you … to everyone who saw through the lies and did their research and looked at my case and saw it for what it was instead of all this media confusion.

‘And, you know, don’t believe the media right off the bat, you know, it’s a lot of clickbait. Do your own research and come top your own conclusions. And I just want to say thank you to all of you … for sticking by me. And I love you. And I will see you soon.’

Bell is best known for playing Drake Parker in the successful Nickelodeon sitcom Drake & Josh opposite Josh Peck, and also starred in The Amanda Show.

He also has a career in music, with his last albums, The Lost Album and Sesiones En Casa being released last year.

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