After The Cast Of “Boy Meets World” Expressed Their “Guilt” And “Shame” For Supporting Dialect Coach Brian Peck Amid Abuse Allegations, Drake Bell Has Come Forward As The Alleged Victim

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This article mentions allegations of child sex abuse and grooming.

Actor and dialogue coach Brian Peck was sentenced to 16 months in prison in 2004 after he pleaded no contest to two counts of child sex abuse against an unknown Nickelodeon child actor.

Brian Peck looks at a camera as he signs autographs

Now, two decades later, Drake Bell has come forward as the child actor who was involved in the case, and he will speak out about his allegations in Investigation Discovery’s upcoming TV series Quiet On Set: The Dark Side of Kids TV.

Drake Bell in a velvet suit with a patterned tie, posing for photographers at a red carpet event
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Drake was just five years old when he first started acting, appearing in an episode of Home Improvement and in the movie Jerry Maguire before he got his breakthrough role on The Amanda Show when he was 12.

Tim Allen and Earl Hindman with five year old Drake Bell on the set of "Home Improvement"
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Drake was a regular on the Nickelodeon series from 1999 until its cancellation in 2002, and in 2003 he was cast as one of the titular characters in the popular series Drake & Josh.

Drake Bell at around 14 years old
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And on Tuesday, a new teaser trailer for Quiet On Set showed several talking heads questioning who Peck’s victim could have been before Drake, now 37, was shown preparing to break his silence.

Drake Bell in a light suit on set, with a serious expression

The allegations surrounding Peck recently resurfaced after the cast of Boy Meets World discussed their relationship with him in an episode of their podcast, Pod Meets World, last month.

Will Friedle, Danielle Fishel, and Rider Strong in baseball uniforms

When Peck was arrested in 2003, three years after Boy Meets World had ended, both Will and Rider alleged that they were “misled” by him, and claimed that he insisted that he was the real victim in the case.

Brian Peck holding a figurine

Will shared his regret as he alleged that Peck convinced him that while he had committed the act against the minor, he was the real victim because he had been pursued and "worn down" by his accuser.

Rider Strong and Will Friedle on a red carpet in 1999

Meanwhile, Drake himself has been at the center of allegations in recent years, with his ex-girlfriend, Melissa Lingafelt, accusing him of verbal and physical abuse in 2020, which Drake vehemently denied.

Drake Bell at an event wearing a denim jacket, patterned sweater, and jeans

Drake’s attorney, Ian Friedman, disputed parts of the victim statement — including a claim that Drake exchanged explicit photos with the alleged victim, and that Drake had sexually abused her. Drake was not charged with sexual abuse.

Drake Bell

Quiet On Set will air on ID on Mar. 17 and 18.

If you or someone you know has experienced sexual assault, you can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE, which routes the caller to their nearest sexual assault service provider. You can also search for your local center here.

If you are concerned that a child is experiencing or may be in danger of abuse, you can call or text the National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-422-4453(4.A.CHILD); service can be provided in over 140 languages.

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