Jake Paul is speaking out!!
As you’re likely aware, the 23-year-old’s Calabasas pad was raided by the FBI on August 5, and it was initially unclear what the sealed warrant was in reference to. It later came to light that it was in connection to a looting incident at an Arizona mall amid Black Lives Matter protests in May.
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In a since-deleted YouTube video captured by fans, he set out to clarify the rumors which have spread following the raid:
“Just to clarify things and set the record straight, the FBI raid is entirely related to the Arizona looting situation that happened. It’s an investigation. There are rumors about it having to do with so many other things that have nothing to do with me or my character and the s**t that people are making up is absolutely absurd.”
As we previously reported, the raid took place as part of a larger investigation into “allegations of criminal acts surrounding the incident at Scottsdale Fashion Square in May 2020,” which Jake was formally charged for. According to authorities, the online personality illegally entered and remained inside the AZ mall when it was closed. His criminal trespassing and unlawful assembly charges were later dropped by the Scottsdale City Attorney’s Office so a federal criminal investigation could continue.
Scottsdale officials explained on the day of the raid why charges had been dropped:
“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.”
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Without naming names, Jake alluded in his message to cutting someone out of his inner circle who did “malicious things” to him:
“That being said, when I become aware of someone around me who is doing malicious things they are immediately cut out of my life. I don’t put up with bulls**t, I don’t surround myself with bad people. If someone does something bad, they will be removed from my life.”
Hmm… wonder who that could be?! He concluded with thanks to his fanbase for their support:
“My goal right now is to continue to focus on my life, myself, boxing, music. Thank you to all the fans who have been sticking by my side through all of these crazy times.”
What do U make of this whole situation?? Will he be able to bounce back from this one?! Let us know your take (below) in the comments.
[Image via KTLA 5/Jake Paul/YouTube.]
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