By Melissa Koenig For Dailymail.Com
Published: 03:17 GMT, 16 December 2022 | Updated: 07:13 GMT, 16 December 2022 Led Balloon
Disgraced Nickelodeon star Drake Bell was spotted sucking on inflated balloons in his car outside a Los Angeles smoke shop while his son was in the backseat, despite serving a two year probation for child endangerment.
Bell, 36, known for his role on Drake & Josh and The Amanda Show, appeared to be huffing on a balloon in the front seat of his parked car last Thursday.
He wore a basketball hat and a pair of sunglasses as he could be seen inflating and deflating the pink balloon from inside his car for more than 30 minutes outside his Los Angeles home.
The star was later seen taking his sleeping young son out a car seat in the back and bringing him into the house.
It is unclear what, if any, substance was inside the balloons.
The incident comes as Bell, born Jared 'Drake' Bell, continues to serve a two-year probation for endangering a girl's welfare when she was just 15.
Drake Bell, 36, known for his role on Drake & Josh and The Amanda Show, appeared to be sucking on a balloon in the front seat of his parked car
The singer/songwriter appeared to be listening to the radio as he continued to suck on the balloons
After a while, Bell could be seen grabbing his son from a car seat in the back
The former child star was then seen on Friday running errands in his Los Angeles neighborhood, driving to a local vape shop.
He was seen entering the store on his own, wearing a black t-shirt and black pants with black sneakers, before emerging several minutes later with a black shopping bag.
Bell then crossed over the rod and parked under a tree at a public parking lot for 15 minutes, where he once again sucked on a blue colored balloon for nearly 15 minutes.
Following the odd behavior, the Drake and Josh star visited a local Del Taco drive through before heading home in his black sedan.
When he returned to his car from the smoke shop he could be seen inflating another blue balloon. It is unclear what, if any, substance was inside the balloon
Bell sat in the car for around 15 minutes in a public parking lot sucking on the balloon
The star entered the Los Feliz smoke shop alone and came out with a black plastic bag
Bell was parked at a Los Angeles smoke shop when he was sucking the balloon last Thursday
He then stopped at Del Taco, going through the drive through, on his way home
Bell was sentenced in July 2021 to two years probation and 200 hours of community after pleading guilty to child endangerment charges.
Authorities have said a 15-year-old girl attended one of Bell's concert in Cleveland in 2017 and contacted Toronto police in October 2018 about being sexually assaulted.
Toronto authorities then forwarded its findings to Cleveland police, prompting an investigation.
They found that Bell and the girl had 'developed a relationship' online prior to the concert, during which Bell sent the girl 'inappropriate social media messages.'
He was later charged with attempted endangering a child because he 'violated his duty of care' and created a risk of harm for the victim, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office spokesperson Tyler Sinclair explained at the time.
Bell had been sentenced to two years probation and 200 hours of community service on child endangerment charges relating to a girl who met him online and attended one of his concerts in Ohio when she was 15 (Pictured in his June 2021 mugshot)
But things became heated during his virtual sentencing last year when the victim read her impact statement and claimed she performed oral sex on the star when she was 15-years-old.
'These are crimes that are unforgivable and inexcusable,' she said. 'They cannot be taken back. He was calculating, he preyed on me and sexually abused me. He is a monster and a danger to children.
'I'm kindly asking you to send a powerful message that these crimes are never okay, no matter who a person is,' the victim continued.
She went on: 'And he can give me that look all he wants but he knows exactly what I'm talking about.'
He had not been charged with more serious crimes of sexual assault and pedophilia despite the victim's claims
'He is the epitome of evil,' she said. 'I deserve better than to be used for his sick desires, and for my suffering to be used for his amusement. Jared Drake Bell is a pedophile and that is his legacy.'
He seemed visibly shocked at the accusation and in response, the victim addressed him directly saying: 'Don't look at me like that!'
Bell then addressed the court himself, saying: 'I just want to say today I accept this plea because my conduct was wrong.'
'I have taken this matter very, very seriously,' he added. 'I just want to apologize to her and anyone else who may have been affected by my actions.'
The Nickelodeon star had pleaded guilty to felony attempted child endangerment and a misdemeanor charge of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles just one month before.
And during his sentencing, his attorney made sure to note that he had not been charged with the more serious crimes of sexual assault and pedophilia that the victim alleged in her impact statement.
Months later, Bell tried to downplay his conviction in a groveling Instagram video.
'Most of the news you've heard recently is entirely false and wrong,' he said.
Bell issued a groveling video apology months later as he tried to downplay his conviction
'I feel that you deserve, and I owe you, an explanation, he continued. '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.'
The Josh & Drake star had begun his video, which was subtitled in Spanish, by clarifying his name was Drake Bell, not Drake Campana though his name was displayed as 'Drake Campana' in his Instagram bio.
Drake's legal name is Jared Drake Bell but he shared an image of a Mexican ID with the name Drake Campana(Spanish for Bell) in November 2019, hinting that he had moved to the country.
He also appeared to rebrand himself as a Spanish language artist, releasing a Spanish album in 2020, and his social media posts are currently in a mix of Spanish and English.
Bell continued, '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.'
'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 and my son.'
He went on to say, 'But that being said, I am not perfect, and I make mistakes.'
'I responded to a fan, whose age I didn't know, yet when I became aware of their age, all conversation and communication stopped.'
Bell starred in Drake and Josh alongside Josh Peck, who played his stepbrother
Bell, left, was also a star on the Amanda Show, a sketch style show starring Amanda Bynes
The I Know singer continued, '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.
'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 added, 'I was not charged with anything physical. I was not charged with disseminating her images or anything like that. This was strictly over text messages.
'And 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.'
'I want to thank you, for um, to everyone who saw through the lies and did the research and looked at my case and saw it for what it was instead of all this media confusion.'
He concluded, 'Don't believe the media right off the bat. It's a lot of clickbait. Do your own research and come to your own conclusions. I just want to say thank you to everyone for sticking by me. I love you and I'll see you soon.'
The former child star has run into trouble with the law before, after being sentenced to four days jail time in 2015 for driving while intoxicated, which was his second DUI conviction in a six-year time period.
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