FBI raids home of YouTuber Jake Paul
The FBI executed a federal search warrant at YouTuber Jake Paul’s home in Los Angeles on Wednesday morning, a spokesperson for the agency confirmed.
The search warrant at Paul’s Calabasas home was in connection with an ongoing investigation, the FBI spokesperson said.
The spokesperson said further details on the nature of the investigation could not be made public, as the contents of the warrant are sealed.
No arrests were made and no arrests are planned, the spokesperson said.
The spokesperson would not confirm if Paul was home at the time, but an FBI spokeswoman told The New York Times that Paul was not home when a SWAT team entered and searched his home.
Paul has more than 20 million subscribers on his YouTube channel. He did not appear to have made any public comment regarding the raid of his home on his social media platforms as of Wednesday evening.
The FBI raid came the same day that the Scottsdale Police Department said misdemeanor charges against Paul and two associates related to a May 30 incident are being dismissed, and that the three remain subjects of a federal investigation.
In June, Paul was charged with criminal trespassing and unlawful assembly after police said he filmed looting inside a Scottsdale, Ariz., mall last month.
“It has been decided that in the cases charging Jake Paul, Arman Izadi and Andrew Leon it is in the best interest of the community to dismiss misdemeanor charges without prejudice so that a federal criminal investigation can be completed,” the department said in a release. “Scottsdale retains the option to refile charges depending on the outcome of the federal investigation.”
The city’s police department and attorney’s office said they are working with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI on the case.
The police previously said that Paul was “a participant in the riots.”
Paul responded to the charges in June by tweeting “gimme my charges and let’s put the focus back on George Floyd and Black Lives Matter.”
He has also denied that he or anyone in his group participated in looting or vandalism.
“I do not condone violence, looting or breaking the law; however, I understand the anger and frustration that led to the destruction we witnessed, and while it’s not the answer, it’s important that people see it and collectively figure out how to move forward in a healthy way,” Paul said in a statement posted to Twitter in May.
Paul was also recently chided by the mayor of Calabasas after hosting a party amid the coronavirus pandemic. Mayor Alicia Weintraub last month said she was “outraged” after seeing footage of Paul hosting a larger gathering in the city where, according to videos, dozens of people partied without face masks.
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