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Ex-Nickelodeon star Drake Bell has been charged with attempted endangerment of children, but has pleaded not guilty, according to court records obtained by Page Six.
The documents from Cuyahoga County Court in Cleveland, Ohio, also show the 34-year-old actor was indicted for “disseminating matter harmful to juveniles.”
On Thursday, the “Drake & Josh” star appeared in court, where his personal bond was set to $2,500 and he was ordered to submit a DNA specimen collection.
The incident allegedly occurred on Dec. 1, 2017, but no further details were provided. In a tweet that has since been deleted from Oct. 2017, Bell announced he was scheduled to appear at The Odeon Concert Club on the day the alleged crime took place.
A rep for the law firm that represents Bell, Friedman & Nemecek, told Page Six on Friday that they have “no comment at this time but the facts will be revealed in the courtroom.”
Publicists for the former child star, whose real name is Jared Drake Bell, did not immediately return our request for comment.
Bell rose to fame in the mid-2000s with a starring role on “Drake & Josh” alongside his co-star, Josh Peck.
However, the actor has found himself in some legal trouble in recent years.
In 2015, Bell was charged with driving under the influence. Last year, his ex-girlfriend, Melissa Lingafelt, claimed he had been verbally and physically abusive throughout their relationship.
While Bell denied Lingafelt’s allegations at the time, he did admit to both parties calling “each other terrible names.” He alluded that perhaps she spoke out for a “misguided quest for more money or attention.”
The actor concluded, “I cannot and will not allow these offensive and defamatory allegations to go unchallenged and I am reviewing my legal options.”
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