Controversial influencer Jake Paul is in hot water with the FBI, who raided his home Wednesday morning, while investigating “allegations of criminal acts” connected to an Arizona mall riot during the George Floyd protests.
The home of lesser influencer Arman Izadi, dubbed “Graffiti Mansion,” was also raided in connection with the Scottsdale Fashion Square mall incident.
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Local authorities filed misdemeanors against Paul and Izadi in June, but the charges have been dropped and the police department is cooperating with the Fed’s investigation.
TMZ reported that a small militia of federal agents arrived in full tactical gear to execute a search warrant at Paul’s Calabasas home base. They later emerged from the property with several long guns, though no arrests were made. Paul’s attorney released a statement that the YouTube megastar was not home during the search.
Paul is well known for viral pranks and stunts that have caused controversy, but the involvement of Federal authorities marks the mall riot as Jake’s most egregious act to date.
Click through to find out about what happened during the riot and learn more about Paul’s other scandals.
Paul was caught on tape participating in an unlawful protest in May that resulted in a Scottsdale mall being looted and vandalized. Despite initial claims that he wasn’t present, footage of his participation emerged quickly.
Paul released a statement on Twitter that alleged he was tear gassed while peacefully protesting, and nobody from his entourage participated in vandalism of the mall.
— Jake Paul (@jakepaul) May 31, 2020
Arizona police charged Paul with criminal trespassing and unlawful assembly on June 4, but dropped them in August to allow the FBI to investigate and “ensure that justice is served.”
gimme my charges and let’s put the focus back on George Floyd and Black Lives Matter https://t.co/nwBZmsxFFz
— Jake Paul (@jakepaul) June 4, 2020
In an unrelated event, Paul threw a huge house party at his Calabasas mansion in July during the pandemic shutdown. As a result, the Los Angeles mayor banned large gatherings and will enforce a new sanction that allows the city to shut down power and water at the homes of violators.
NEW: The mayor of Calabasas & neighbors tell me they’re outraged after they say YouTube celebrity @jakepaul threw a massive party at his mansion on Saturday. They call it irresponsible, selfish, & say it’s businesses & workers who pay the price for this w/ lockdowns. 10pm @FOXLA pic.twitter.com/COiVleuDH2
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) July 15, 2020
He got fake married to YouTuber Tana Mongeau and livestreamed the event behind a paywall for huge profits.
Paul was accused of racism and bullying towards former colleagues from his influencer collective Team 10. In 2018, TMZ published video of him using the N-word while rapping.
He scammed young fans with educational schemes that promised a roadmap to success as an influencer and a place in his collective, but never provided content beyond basic YouTube tips and tricks.
He promoted a digital mystery box scam that promised real life prizes to users who claim they still haven’t received them.
Paul was ousted from the Disney Channel after a local news report highlighted public complaints about the noise and hazards in his neighborhood that he caused with wild pranks and massive parties.