Jake Paul was charged by Arizona police after YouTuber denied allegations that he was involved in the looting and vandalism of a Scottsdale shopping center.
He has been charged with criminal trespass and unlawful assembly, the two crimes, Scottsdale officials said on Thursday.
“Following the riots and looting that took place on the evening of May 30, 2020, at the Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall, the Scottsdale Police Department received hundreds of tips and videos identifying the social media influencer, Jake Joseph Paul (23), as a participant in the riot, “said police in a statement to TheWrap.
“Our investigation revealed that Paul was present after the protest was declared illegal and the rioters were ordered to leave the area by the police. Paul also entered illegally and remained inside the mall when it was closed. “
In a video published on Saturday evening on Instagram Stories, we hear Paul say: “A lot of idiots, my brother. Literally, I walked here, over there. These f-ing idiots gassed me to tears. I don’t do s—, my brother. Look at them pointing guns at me, ”he said, pointing to the line of police.
The words “America is in ruins” ran over the images. A next photo showed a close-up of his eye, with the caption: “I am torn [sic] My eyes are bleeding. “
On Sunday morning, Jake Paul posted a note clarifying what was seen in the video and his intention to be in the midst of chaos. “To be absolutely clear, neither I nor any member of our group is involved in looting or acts of vandalism,” he wrote.
Explaining the background to what was seen in the video, he said, “We have spent the day doing our part to peacefully protest against one of the most horrific injustices that our country has ever known, which has left us brought to be gassed for having filmed the events and the brutality which took place in Arizona. ”
He went on to say that he and his team “documented strictly, did not commit … It is important that people see it and collectively discover how to move forward in a healthy way”.