YouTube star Jake Paul breaks his silence on FBI raid
Jake Paul is firing back.
The controversial You Tube star posted a since-deleted video that addressed the FBI federal search warrant on his Calabasas, Calif., home earlier this month. The raid turned up a cache of weapons amid complaints from neighbors who claimed to have heard regular explosions coming from the YouTuber’s mansion.
“Just to clarify things and set the record straight, the FBI raid is entirely related to the Arizona looting situation that happened,” he said. ”It’s an investigation. There are rumors about it having to do with so many other things that have nothing to do with me or my character and the s–t that people are making up is absolutely absurd.”
In June, Paul, 23, was charged for being part of a “riot” in which looters stormed an Arizona mall. He insisted that he was only documenting the looting when he was caught on video.
Scottsdale police charged him with criminal trespass and unlawful assembly which are both misdemeanors.
“Gimme my charges and let’s put the focus back on George Floyd and Black Lives Matter,” the YouTuber tweeted shortly after the charges were announced.
Paul — who has over 20 million YouTube subscribers — seemed to place the blame for the raid on someone in his circle.
“That being said, when I become aware of someone around me who is doing malicious things they are immediately cut out of my life. I don’t put up with bulls–t, I don’t surround myself with bad people. If someone does something bad, they will be removed from my life.”
The social media star also landed himself in hot water for throwing a raucous party in July despite renewed COVID-19 restrictions. Video footage showed dozens of people without masks and packed into Paul’s mansion.
Meanwhile he still faces a year-old tax lien for over $2 million, according to The Sun, citing the Los Angeles County Recorder.
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