Drake Bell accuses Nickelodeon dialogue coach Brian Peck of sexually abusing him as a child actor

Bell will tell his story in the Investigation Discovery docuseries "Quiet on Set: The Dark Side of Kids TV."

Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Drake Bell
Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Drake Bell

Drake Bell is poised to go public with allegations that he was sexually abused as a child actor by Brian Peck, a dialogue coach he worked with on the Nickelodeon series The Amanda Show.

Investigation Discovery announced Tuesday that Bell, 37 will tell his story in the four-part docuseries Quiet on Set: The Dark Side of Kids TV, set to premiere March 17. The network said in a press release that Peck "was convicted in 2004 for his crimes against Drake and ordered to register as a sex offender."

Peck, 63, was arrested in 2003 and convicted of child molestation in 2004 after pleading no contest to a charge of oral copulation with a minor under 16 and a charge of performing a lewd act with a 14- or 15-year-old, though the identity of his victim(s) was never made public. Peck spent 16 months in prison and registered as a sex offender.

EW has reached out to representatives for Bell, Peck, and Nickelodeon for comment.

Peck recently made headlines when Boy Meets World stars Danielle Fishel, Rider Strong, and Will Friedle, who all acted alongside him during his two-episode guest stint on the show in 1997, discussed their perspectives on his legal issues on their podcast Pod Meets World.

"He didn't say that nothing had happened," Strong said on the podcast. "So by the time we heard about this case and knew anything about it, it was always in the context of, 'I did this thing, I am guilty. I am going to take whatever punishment the government determines, but I'm a victim of jailbait. There was this hot guy, I just did this thing and he's underage.' And we bought that storyline. I never heard about the other things because, back then, you couldn't Google to find out what people were being charged with."

In retrospect, Strong said, "he was making a plea deal and admitting one thing, which is all he admitted to us, but it looks like he was being charged with a series of crimes, which we did not know."

<p>Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images</p> Brian Peck

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Brian Peck

Friedle expressed remorse about initially siding with Peck. "There's an actual victim here, and he turned us against the victim to where now we’re on his team," he said. "That's the thing where, to me, I look back at that as my ever-loving shame for this entire [thing]. Getting taken in by somebody who's a good actor and a manipulator, I could chalk that up to being young and that's the way it is. It's awful. I'm going to use that for my growth as a human being, but when there's an actual victim involved and now I’m on the abuser’s side, that's the thing I can't get over and haven't been able to get over."

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