Who is Melissa Lingafelt? Drake Bell's Ex Accuses Him of Abuse

Drake Bell has denied accusations of abuse from his ex-girlfriend Melissa Lingafelt.

The Nickelodeon star's former girlfriend took to TikTok where she posted a video alleging that Bell verbally and physically abused her when they lived together more than 10 years ago.

Using the TikTok handle Jimi Ono, Lingafelt said: "First, I would like to start out with saying I don't really care if anyone believes me as this is my story and my life and something I went through. It wasn't until recently that I actually realized that abuse is something that all women have to go through."

She explained: "When I started dating Drake, I was 16. I was home-schooled, 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 verbal abuse you could ever imagine, and that was what I got. It then turned into physical—hitting, throwing, everything. At the pinnacle of it, he drug me down the stairs of our house in Los Feliz. My face hit every step on the way down. I have photos of this."

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In later TikToks, Lingafelt shared screenshots of messages she said she received in response to her original post about Bell from an unnamed person who claimed Bell had raped them when they were under 18.

She also shared screenshots from two individuals who said Bell did the same to their friends who were also allegedly underage.

Responding to the accusations, Bell issued a statement to Variety, denying the claims and confirming legal action.

"I never abused my ex-girlfriend or did so many of the other things Melissa falsely claimed on her TikTok video. 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," the 34-year-old said.

He added: "But that is it. Clearly, Melissa still felt close enough to me just last year that she was comfortable reaching out to ask me to provide her with financial support during a tough time (which I did). I do not know if today's behavior is some kind of misguided quest for more money or attention. But I cannot and will not allow these offensive and defamatory allegations to go unchallenged and I am reviewing my legal options."

Who is Drake Bell's ex Melissa Lingafelt?

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Melissa Lingafelt and Drake Bell during Nickelodeon's 20th Annual Kids' Choice Awards - Audience and Backstage at Pauley Pavilion - UCLA in Westwood, California, United States. Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic/Getty

According to IMDb, Lingafelt was born on December 20, 1989, and is an actress.

Her acting credits listed are 2008 comedy film, College and she appeared in a music video for a Bell song, "I Know" in 2006.

In 2006, she competed against 50 other girls for the title of Miss Teen USA 2006 in Palm Springs, California, and placed first runner-up.

She also appears to be a musician and has a SoundCloud under the name Jimi Ono which features a number of her songs.