Josh Peck has commented on his former co-star, Drake Bell, following Bell’s recent sentencing in a child endangerment case.
The 34-year-old spoke on Bell’s recent sentencing at the Thursday premiere of his upcoming Disney+ series, Turner & Hooch.
This is the first time Peck has commented on the case.
“It’s upsetting, and it’s an unfortunate situation,” Peck divulged to Variety at the premiere. “It’s disappointing.”
Peck and Bell co-starred on Nickelodeon’s Drake & Josh from 2004 to 2007.
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Bell was indicted in May, and initially pleaded not guilty to two criminal counts of attempted endangering children and disseminating matter harmful to juveniles. But on June 23, Bell changed his plea to guilty.
And earlier this month, Bell was sentenced to two years probation, ordered to do 200 hours of community service, and prohibited from contacting the victim in the case, after pleading guilty to two criminal counts of attempted endangering children and disseminating matter harmful to juveniles.
During that hearing, the victim, who was 15 at the time, met Bell online and attended one of his concerts in Cleveland. She read a statement, where she referred to the actor as “a pedophile” and a “coward.”
The outlets reported that Bell gave a statement, too, informing the court, “I accept this plea because my conduct was wrong. I’m sorry that the victim was harmed in any way, but 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.”
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After the hearing, Bell’s attorneys, Ian Friedman and Madelyn Grant, released a statement on Twitter, shutting down the victim’s claims.
“Today’s plea and sentence reflect conduct for which Mr. Bell did accept responsibility,” the statement read. “The victim’s allegations that went beyond that which all parties agreed, not only lack supporting evidence but are contradicted by the facts learned through [an] extensive investigation. As the court made clear, this plea was never about sexual misconduct or sexual relations with any person, let alone a minor.”
“Sexual registration was not imposed as Mr. Bell did not plead guilty to any such offense,” the statement continued. “Drake and his family are relieved and grateful to have this matter behind them. He looks forward to, once again, performing for all of his supportive fans around the world.”
Not even one hour after his sentencing, Bell went live on Instagram to sing a song with his son, who he shares with his wife, Janet Von Schmeling.
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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