Drake Bell has broken his silence after pleading guilty to felony child endangerment in Ohio.
In a video message posted to his Instagram, he said if the claims that prosecutors in Ohio made were true, “my situation would be very different. I would not be here at home with my wife and my son.”
Drake continued saying that, “I’m not perfect, and I make mistakes” and called his behavior “reckless and irresponsible” but disputed that he maintained communication with the victim over a sustained period of time or that he knew who she was during in-person encounters.
He added, “I responded to a fan whose age I didn’t know. When I became aware of their age, all conversation and communication stopped. This individual continued to come to shows and pay for meet-and-greets, and although I was unaware that this was the same person I was communicating with online, that’s what I pled guilty to.”
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