Singer Jimi Ono has revealed on TikTok that she was allegedly abused, both emotionally and physically, by Drake Bell. In a video Ono uploaded to TikTok, she stated, "I don't care if anyone believes me as this is my story and my life and something that I went through. It wasn't until recently that I realized that abuse isn't something that all women have to go through," Ono said, and shared photos of the two of them back when they were dating.
What you need to know about the Drake Bell abuse allegations.
Ono shared that she was only 16 when she and Drake started dating. She moved in with the actor, and about a year later, she says he began to verbally abuse her. "I started dating Drake when I was sixteen. I was homeschooled, 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 imagine and that's what I got," she said.
"The verbal abuse then turned to physical. Hitting, throwing. Everything. At the pinnacle of it, he dragged me down the stairs in our house in Los Feliz, my face hit every step on the way down. I have photos of this." She also briefly hinted that Bell was allegedly dating underaged girls. "I don't even want to get into the underaged girls thing. I mean, I will. But I'm scared," Ono says.
Ono shared a screenshot of a text conversation with a friend, in which she tells the friend that Drake's wife's best friend "just tried to message me to discredit my story." She added, "By saying he's changed and it was a long time ago." She continued, "I feel bad for his wife as just a few months ago he was dming me trying to flirt."
Her friend wrote back, "I'm so proud of you. He has a wife? I also feel bad for her." She went on to corroborate Ono's story, writing that she remember the photos, physical fights, and the time he threw her in a bathtub and scalded her with hot water. "I remember him him breaking all your antiques and I also remember calling the cops on him and having to stay at Molly's house until sh*t fizzled over."
Unfortunately, a Twitter user seemingly erroneously pointed out that Ono used photos of another actress. The actress in the photo is named Melissa Lingafelt — but it appears that Jimi Ono and Melissa Lingafelt are the same person, according to a little bit of digging. It also appears that the person who tweeted that Jimi was using another person's photos has since deleted her tweet.
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And sadly, there are tweet defending Bell and questioning why Ono stayed with him if he were abusing her. "Bring on the hate, but if she really was so abused by Drake Bell for so long maybe she should have left when he started? And ending it with some conspiracy is wrong. Need Drakes side to this."
If a girl doesn’t like a guy, all she has to do is say he was a verbal/physical/sexual abuser and it will destroy his life, even if he didn’t do anything and everyone will just automatically believe her. 😄 inspired by the Drake Bell news.— Dion (@dion0013) August 13, 2020
Luckily, many people have come to Ono's defense, pointing out how problematic it is to blame victims instead of side with them and support them.
Another Twitter user responded to some of the tweets complaining their "childhood is ruined" because of the accusations by saying, "Please... stop making this situation about how “your childhood is ruined”. Drake Bell was exposed for being abusive to his underage ex-girlfriend. I know this is hard for some of y’all, but this is about the victim and what she went through, not your childhood."
Please... stop making this situation about how “your childhood is ruined”. Drake Bell was exposed for being abusive to his undereage ex-girlfriend. I know this is hard for some of y’all, but this is about the victim and what she went through, not your childhood.— 𝐦𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐞ً (@glossywife) August 13, 2020
Bell has yet to respond to the claims.
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