“Most of the news you’ve heard recently is entirely false and wrong,” the previous Nickelodeon star, 35, stated in an Instagram video on Thursday, September 16. “I feel that you deserve, and I owe you, an explanation. I didn’t change my name. Although I would love to, I’ve never moved to Mexico, I’ve never been a resident or a citizen of Mexico. I don’t have a Mexican passport. I didn’t get arrested, I didn’t go to jail.”
Bell, who’s been rumored to be utilizing the identify Drake Campana, merely captioned the put up, “To my fans.” He went on to provide a extra detailed breakdown of his scenario after being arranged and charged with two criminal counts of tried endangering youngsters and disseminating matter dangerous to juveniles in June.
“I know that this has moved very quickly for you, but for me, it’s been a three-year, thorough investigation into every false claim that has been made,” the Drake & Josh alum alleged. “And it’s not me telling you that the claims are false, but the state of Ohio has proven the claims to be false. If these claims were remotely true, my situation would be very different. I would not be here at home with my wife, [Janet Von Schmeling], and my son. But that being said, I am not perfect, and I make mistakes.”
The “It’s Only Time” singer was launched from custody on a $2,500 bond. Throughout a digital listening to in July, he was sentenced to two years of probation and 200 hours of group service in California. His case was set to be referred to the California probation division so as to decide whether or not he might want to register as a intercourse offender.
Bell initially pleaded not guilty to the fees in opposition to him, however accepted a plea deal and pleaded responsible to each counts. “Today I accept this plea because my conduct was wrong,” he stated on the July listening to. “I’m sorry that the victim was harmed in any way. 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.”
In line with courtroom paperwork obtained by Us Weekly, the alleged incident occurred on December 1, 2017, when Bell was visiting Cleveland for a efficiency.
“In October 2018, the female juvenile victim, 15, filed a report with her local police department in Canada regarding an incident that occurred between her and Jared Bell, 34, the previous year at a Cleveland nightclub on Old River Road in the city’s East Bank of The Flats district,” Tyler Sinclair, spokesman for the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Workplace, stated in a press release in June.
The Superhero Film star, nonetheless, claimed he wasn’t conscious of how younger the fan was once they met.
“This individual continued to come to shows and pay for meet and greets, all while I was unaware that this was the same person I was communicating with online, and that’s what I plead guilty to,” he stated in his video on Thursday, noting that there wasn’t “anything physical” that occurred between them. “It was reckless and irresponsible text messages. I want to make clear there were no sexual images, nothing physical between me and this individual.”
He continued, “When I was presented with a plea deal, because of the messages, I felt that this was the best way to get this over quickly, and for everyone involved to be able to move on. And for me to get back to doing what I love, and that is making music for you.”
Because the controversy made headlines, Bell confirmed in June that he secretly tied the knot with Von Schmeling three years prior. He additionally introduced that the pair had welcomed a baby.
Whereas addressing the scenario on Thursday, the “Found a Way” crooner expressed his gratitude to his loyal followers.
“I want to [say] thank you … to everyone who saw through the lies and did their research … through all this media confusion,” he concluded. “Don’t believe [what you read] right off the bat.”
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