Drake Bell has announced that he has been married “nearly” three years and has a son.
The 35-year-old actor took to Twitter to clear up “false reports” about his personal life after pleading guilty to child endangerment last month.
Speculation that Drake is a father was sparked when he was spotted with Janet Von Schmeling with a stroller in Los Angeles.
In Spanish he affirmed: “In response to various false rumors, I have been married for almost three years and we are blessed to be the parents of a wonderful son.
“Thank you to all my fans around the world for your good wishes.”
The former Drake & Josh star was arrested last month in Ohio and charged with attempted child endangerment and distribution of adult content.
And although he initially pleaded not guilty, People magazine reported that he had consented to a plea during a virtual court appearance.
The judge in Drake’s case said at the hearing: “To my understanding, a settlement was reached in which the defendant pleaded guilty to counting an attempt to endanger children, a fourth degree crime [and] plead guilty, to count two: the distribution of content harmful to minors, a first-degree offense. “
Drake was then told that his attempted child endangerment charge would result in a six to 18 month jail sentence and / or a fine of up to $ 5,000 per month, while disseminating adult content could result in up to six months in jail and / or a fine of up to $ 5,000 / or a fine of up to $ 1,000.
He continued, “However, if you go to prison after you are released, you may be subject to control for three years after your release. Post-publication controls can limit your activities. Should you breach these restrictions, you can be sent back to prison, [for] up to a maximum of half of your original sentence. “
When asked if Drake understood the possible punishments, the 34-year-old actor said, “I do, Your Honor. Yes.”
Drake will now have to attend a conviction hearing on July 12th, during which he will also explain why he chose a plea deal.
His attorney, Ian Friedman, said in a statement: “All questions about this case will be answered in the sentencing, including the reasons why Mr Bell chose to make his plea.”
The actor was released from police custody after putting on $ 2,500 bail and agreed not to have any contact with his alleged victim after his release and was required to submit a DNA sample.
The alleged incident reportedly took place on December 1, 2017, when it was supposed to be performing at a club in Cleveland, Ohio.