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.
YouTube star Jake Paul and his friends were caught “looting” and trashing property in a Scottsdale mall last night amid protests pic.twitter.com/KyrE87TvA9
— Taylor Lorenz (@TaylorLorenz) May 31, 2020