Star of the hit series Drake & Josh has moved into a more serious arena… abuse.

Allegations of domestic abuse put actor Drake Bell in the spotlight.

Yesterday August 12th, Bell’s ex-girlfriend Mellisa Lingafelt released a string of verbal and physical abuse allegations on TikTok. The pair were in a relationship from 2006-2008 and Lingafelt has come out now in an attempt to acknowledge that abuse shouldn’t be normalized. She says “It wasn’t until recently that I actually realized that abuse isn’t something that all women have to go through.” She explained that “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 to physical — hitting, throwing, everything…At the pinnacle of it, he drug [sic] me down the stairs of our house on Los Feliz. My face hit every step on the way down. I have photos of this.”

Bell denies these allegations saying “First off I’d like to start out by saying, I don’t really care if anyone believes me, as this is my story and my life, and something that I went through.” In a written statement, Bell admits that Lingafelt felt “close enough” to him to ask for financial assistance last year and that he wouldn’t be surprised if her recent accusations were just a misguided attempt to request more money and attention.

Lingafelt is speaking out now to advocate that abuse should not be normalized.

What do you think? Abuse allegations are a pretty sick way to get some cash, no?