Amid nationwide protests, Jake Paul is being ridiculed for allegedly partaking in and filming the looting of a mall in Scottsdale, Arizona. 👀
Paul was trending on Sunday when a video showing him and others robbing and destroying several stores inside of Fashion Square mall went viral, garnering over 11 million views on Twitter in less than a day.
They're also captured vandalizing the outside of the mall while in front of a P.F. Chang's restaurant.
Though Paul doesn't appear to steal anything, he clearly places himself in the middle of the chaos without a second thought.
In another clip, the YouTuber can be seen with a group of people as several fireworks are launched at a structure that looks like another entrance to the same Scottsdale shopping center.
Adding to the controversy, one photo seemingly shows Paul recording content in front of the camera with a series of burglarized stores in the background.
On Sunday, Paul issued a statement responding to the accusations that he was looting, writing that neither he nor anyone else in his group "was engaged in any looting or vandalism."
He also claimed he and his crew were "tear-gassed for filming the events and brutality that were unfolding," which they wanted to record to "bring more attention to the anger felt in every neighborhood" they visited.
Given Paul's questionable past, most recently highlighted by allegations of transphobia against his Team 10 influencer incubator for reportedly telling two transgender women that they're not "real girls," as well as hosting a party where several women were possibly drugged, many people didn't take well to his defense.
His Twitter note had received 6,800 more replies than retweets as of publishing time for this article.
As for the larger looting of the mall where Paul was seen, 12 people were arrested and millions of dollars' worth of damage and theft were done, according to FOX 10 Phoenix.
Police added that anyone who can be identified as having committed a criminal act will be arrested.