On July 12, former Nickelodeon star Jared Drake Bell, whose full name is Bell Drake Jared, was sentenced to 200 hours of community service and two years of probation on a court in Cleveland. He posted a video on Instagram on Thursday, telling his fans an explanation that he owes them. The video was posted by the 35-year-old alum of “Josh” & “Drake”.
Campana Drake, currently known by his name, has recently taken up residence in Mexico, as shown by his Instagram bio. Some media outlets alleged that he changed his name to Campana Drake, but he began refuting these reports through a video circulated on social media.
In the video, he expressed, “The majority of the news you have been exposed to lately is completely untrue and incorrect.” “I feel that I owe you an explanation, and you truly deserve it.” “I have never been a citizen or resident of Mexico, and I have never relocated to Mexico, although I would love to. I did not change my name. I do not possess a Mexican passport. I did not end up going to jail, and I did not get arrested.”
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“I commit errors,” and I am not flawless, but having said that, if these assertions were even remotely accurate, my circumstances would be vastly dissimilar. I would not be present at my dwelling with my spouse and my offspring. However, the state of Ohio has demonstrated the assertions to be untrue, not me informing you that the assertions are untrue. Moreover, it has been a comprehensive three-year examination of each fabricated assertion made against me. I am aware that this has transpired swiftly for you. He proceeded,
Bell stated that he replied to a fan without being aware of their age, after his communication with the individual had ended, and upon discovering their age.
While I was unaware that this person was the same individual, he continued to greet and meet with me, and I continued to communicate with him online. Unaware that this person was the same individual, I continued to plead guilty and show up to meet and pay. I want to clarify that there were no explicit sexual images, but the text messages were irresponsible and reckless.
Bell noted that the interactions took place over texts and that he wasn’t charged with doing “anything physical” or disseminating any images.
The star expressed, “Creating melodies for you is my passion, and in order for me to return to that, it was necessary. To progress and for the benefit of all parties, and to expedite this process, I believed that opting for this approach was the most suitable due to the content of the messages, when I was offered a plea agreement.”
Bell initially did not plead guilty to the charges brought against him by the Cleveland police on June 3rd, when he was taken into custody. However, he eventually pleaded guilty to a first-degree misdemeanor of disseminating harmful matter to juveniles and a fourth-degree felony of attempting to endanger a child.
Anyone else may have been affected by my actions, and I sincerely want to apologize to her again. I have taken this matter very seriously. It is obvious that my intention was not to harm the victim in any way, and I am truly sorry for that. According to NBC News, Drake shared during his sentencing on July 12th, “I accept this plea because I know my conduct was wrong.”
The celebrity and she were engaged in a purported 2017 occurrence at a Cleveland club, originating from a complaint lodged by a then-15-year-old girl with Toronto law enforcement in October 2018, as declared by the Cuyahoga Prosecutor’s Office during Bell’s apprehension.
The two individuals had developed a connection several years earlier, which came after a concert where Bell had allegedly sent “inappropriate social media messages” in the months leading up to it, as stated by the Prosecutor’s Office.
During the sentencing, a 19-year-old woman, who read a victim impact statement accusing Bell of being a pedophile, also said that he caused her indescribable pain by sexually abusing and grooming her.
“According to attorney Bell’s statement on July 12th, the court was informed that there was never any plea made regarding sexual misconduct or any sexual relations with a minor. However, the extensive investigation revealed facts that contradict this claim, and it is not just the lack of evidence supporting the allegations made by the victim. All parties involved agreed that Mr. Bell did not accept responsibility for his conduct, which is reflected in today’s sentence and plea.”