Former child star Drake Bell pleaded guilty to child endangerment and other charges. He was sentences to 2 years of probation.
During his sentencing hearing, Bell came face-to-face (virtually) with his victim, a now 19-year-old woman. The woman called Bell “the epitome of evil.” The victim also alleges that Bell sexually assaulted her multiple times when she was 15. It is important to note that Bell did not plead guilty to any sexual assault charges.
“He was such a huge part of my childhood, and in return, he ruined my life,” she said at one point during her emotional 15-minute statement. “Every night I dread going to sleep because I don’t want to see him in my nightmares.”
Bell’s victim went on to allege that he is a pedophile and that should be his legacy. Bell’s attorney’s dispute the claim.
Bell also gave a statement, albeit brief. “I just want to say today that I accept this plea because my conduct was wrong. I’m sorry that the victim was harmed in any way,” he said. “That was obviously not my intention. I have taken this matter very, very seriously and again, I just want to apologize to her and anyone else who may have been affected by my actions.”
Bell avoided jail time but a civil suit is likely to follow.