UPDATE: AUGUST 5, 4 P.M. – Multiple firearms were found at Jake Paul’s home in this morning’s raid. The FBI’s sweep has been confirmed to have been in connection to an incident that took place at an Arizona shopping mall.
ABC 7 reports that weapons were found “scattered across the Calabasas property.” One long gun appeared to have been propped up against a hot tub.
“The FBI is investigating allegations of criminal acts surrounding the incident at Scottsdale Fashion Square in May 2020,” an official statement reads. Connected search warrants were also executed in Las Vegas and Arizona.
While Paul denies any wrongdoing in the Arizona incident–insisting he was only at the scene “documenting, not engaging”–he was present when the situation at the Scottsdale Fashion Square mall was declared an unlawful assembly. Thefts and vandalism were reported at the mall during the event.
Paul was initially charged with criminal trespass and other charges, along with two other men, Arman Izadi and Andrew Leon. The Times reports that local charges for all three have been dropped, but the U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona and the FBI are coordinating a federal investigation.
AUGUST 5, 10 A.M. – YouTube personality and public nuisance Jake Paul got a surprise visit from the FBI this morning, and it looks like it was no joke. Video footage published by TMZ shows law enforcement officers in helmets and fatigues departing Paul’s Calabasas mansion by the armored-carload after agents served a federal search warrant.
Details are scarce, but the FBI says the warrant is part of an “ongoing investigation.”
“The affidavit in support of the search warrant has been sealed by a judge and I am, therefore, prohibited from commenting as to the nature of the investigation. No arrests are planned,” the FBI said in a statement.
Paul—who rose to fame on Vine before being cast on a Disney Channel show, trying professional boxing, and launching the “Financial Freedom Movement”—has been under fire for continuing to host blowout parties at his home amid the pandemic. In an interview with Insider, he was unapologetic, saying, “I personally am not the type of person who’s gonna sit around and not live my life.” Calabasas’ mayor told that publication that the city would begin issuing “financial penalties” if Paul kept hosting ragers.
In June, Paul was charged with two misdemeanors in Arizona for participating in “riots and looting” at Scottsdale Fashion Square mall. Paul later denied participating in any looting. In a statement posted to Twitter he said, “We filmed everything we saw in an effort to share our experience and bring more attention to the anger felt in every neighborhood we traveled through; we were strictly documenting, not engaging.”
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