This article contains a discussion of child sexual abuse.
It turns out Jennette McCurdy isn’t the only former Nickelodeon star with a story to tell. In her hugely popular new memoir, I’m Glad My Mom Died, the former “iCarly” star claimed that the network offered her $300,000 in “hush money” (via TheWrap) to keep quiet about the abuse she was being subjected to allegedly suffered at the hands of her show creator, whom she does not name. Now Alexa Nikolas, who starred alongside Jamie Lynn Spears in “Zoey 101”, supports McCurdy’s allegations with her own experiences.
Nikolas has been open about her past bad experiences on the set of Zoey 101, including her feud with Spears. After Spears accused Nikolas of intimidation she Memoirs, Nikolas clapped back in a lengthy Instagram post. “I was quite surprised when I saw her raising a storm in there,” she wrote. “I recently thought we were fine after she tried to use me in her music video ‘Zoey 101’ to make herself look better after I finally found out what happened to me when I was on set was/was once again left out during the reunion reboot ploy.”
Now, Nikolas’ allegations are about more than tensions with co-stars.
Alexa Nikolas described Nickelodeon as ‘triggering’
Alexa Nikolas took her fight straight to the source, leading in-person protests outside Nickelodeon’s headquarters in Burbank, California. In a video published on TMZ, Nikolas said she “didn’t feel safe” during her time on the network and said returning to Nickelodeon HQ was “pretty triggering.”
“I want to make Nick safe for kids,” Nikolas said. “I didn’t feel like Nickelodeon was protecting me or just had my best interests at heart.” She explained, “After hearing so many different stories from different Nick stars, it just feels like enough is enough. Nikolas went on to say that while everyone is capable of salvation, the network hasn’t even posted a comment yet. Nikolas wants an end to non-disclosure agreements and an apology to Jeannette McCurdy and “all of us”.
In a video from the protest, posted to her own Instagram, Nikolas went into more detail about her experience, specifically calling Dan Schneider “the creator of childhood trauma.” She said that his mere presence on set made her whole body tremble, and described one incident where he and other executives made her cry “in a room alone.” Calling for an official investigation into Schneider’s Bakery, Nikolas named five men she claimed were “child predators” who worked with children on set and were convicted of child molestation and rape.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of sexual assault, help is available to help. Visit the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network website or contact the RAINN National Helpline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).