It didn't take long for Jake Paul to catch two misdemeanor charges for criminal trespassing and unlawful assembly. 😅
Authorities in Scottsdale, Arizona confirmed that Paul was charged with two crimes after they "received 100s of tips" and discovered he was "in attendance" during a Saturday night looting of Fashion Square Mall.
Earlier in the day, hundreds demonstrated against police brutality and the murder of George Floyd.
The Scottsdale Police Department released an official statement on Thursday.
“Our investigation has revealed that Paul was present after the protest was declared an unlawful assembly and the rioters were ordered to leave the area by the police,” they said. “Paul also unlawfully entered and remained inside of the mall when it was closed. As a result, Paul has been charged with criminal trespass and unlawful assembly.”
To be honest, it probably wasn't too tough to figure out that Paul was involved as several clips recently went viral showing him with a group of people burglarizing and destroying the shopping center.
At the 0:16 point of the first video below, Paul can briefly be seen holding a stolen liquor bottle.
In another video, the 23-year-old YouTubers stands around as several fireworks are shot at a structure that looks like another entrance to the same Scottsdale mall.
Paul issued a response to the allegations on Sunday, claiming that neither he nor anyone else in his group “was engaged in any looting or vandalism,” but the internet wasn't about to let him off the hook.
He also claimed he and his crew were “tear-gassed for filming the events and brutality that were unfolding.” In a few Instagram Stories, Paul documents the scene right after.
“Look at them, pointing guns at me – pointing guns at me right now,” he said. “No cap, that’s tear gas, bro.”
Older brother Logan Paul, who's also a well-known YouTuber with nearly 22 million subscribers, kind of called him out during his talk show, Impaulsive.
”I love him, but I don’t always like him," he said. Later, he continued, "Sometimes I do not understand why he does the things he does as I’m sure he feels about me from time to time.”
However, he also claimed that anyone who believes his brother was "actively participating in looting" is "a f*cking moron." Alright, dude.
Logan had his own viral moment earlier this week when he discussed the importance of being "anti-racist" and told anyone who doesn't think white privilege is real, "You are f*cking blind, you are delusional and you are part of the problem."