YouTube star Jake Paul is voicing an FBI raid at his home in Calabasas, California last week.
Paul, 23, took to YouTube in a video that was deleted Wednesday to “set a continuous record,” according to Entertainment Tonight.
“Just to clarify everything and to make a candid record, the FBI raid completely related to the looting situation in Arizona happened,” the internet character said in the video obtained by TMZ.
He continued: “It’s an investigation. There are rumors about it being related to a lot of other things that are not related to me or my personality and the things that people are making up are completely empty. physical.”;
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Paul went on to say that now “his goal right now is to continue focusing on himself, boxing and music.” “Thank you to all the fans who have been by my side during this crazy time,” he added.
When news of the raid initially came out on August 5, the reasons behind it were still unclear, but an FBI spokesperson in Phoenix confirmed to Fox News a few hours later that the raid was involved in their investigation of “the criminal acts surrounding the incident at Scottsdale Fashion Square in May 2020”, of which Paul is believed to be a part.
A SWAT team was used in the raid but no arrests have been made.
A spokesperson told Fox News at the time: “The FBI was investigating the allegations of crime surrounding the incident that occurred at Scottsdale Fashion Square in May 2020.” This morning the FBI was real. currently the federal search warrant in California and Las Vegas, Nevada is in connection with the investigation. The search warrant’s statement has been sealed and we are therefore prohibited from commenting further. “
Paul’s attorney Richard Schonfeld previously confirmed the house was his.
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“We understand that the search was made at Jake’s home in Calabasas this morning while Jake was out of state,” Schonfeld said in an email. “We are still collecting information and will cooperate to investigate.”
Back in May, Paul was accused of participating in what the local authorities called “riot” at Scottsdale Fashion Square in Arizona, and charged with criminal offenses and illegal gathering after he We were accused of participating in a group of mall looters amid a series of nationwide protests sparked by the death of George Floyd in police custody.
However, police in Scottsdale, Ariz., Said last week that they are dismissing allegations of trespassing and meeting illegally against Paul and two others “to be able to complete a joint criminal investigation. state, ”but they can be filtered again later.
In May, Paul settled the case, tweeting: “To be absolutely clear, neither me nor anyone on our team participated in any activities of looting or vandalism. In terms of background, we spent the entire day protesting peacefully one of the most horrible injustices our country has ever witnessed, which left us in tears while filming the events and the atrocities. going on in Arizona “.
“We felt uncomfortable and had to continue walking. We filmed everything we saw in an effort to share our experiences and draw more attention to the anger in every neighborhood we passed; We have strictly recorded, do not participate. I do not tolerate violence, robbery or illegal law, “he added.
Following the incident in Arizona, police offered a statement to Fox News.
“After the riot and looting that occurred on the evening of May 30, 2020 at the Scottsdale Fashion Square shopping mall, the Scottsdale Police Department received hundreds of tips and videos identifying influencers on social media, Jake Joseph Paul (23 years old), was a participant in the riot, ”They said at the time.
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“Our investigation revealed that Paul was present after the protest was declared an illegal gathering and the rioters were told to leave the area by police. Paul also entered illegally and remained inside the mall when it closed. As a result, Paul was charged with Criminal Infringement and the Illegal Council (both misdemeanors), “the statement continued.
Fox News’ Nate Day and Associated Press contributed to this report