Jake Paul finally commented on the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on his home last week, saying the search was linked to a “robbery” incident at a mall in Arizona in May. “There are rumors about what they have to do with so many other things that have nothing to do with me or my character, and the shit people are creating is absolutely absurd,” Paul said in a video that appears to have been deleted but was caught by TMZ.
The FBI raided Paul’s home in Calabasas, California, on the morning of August 5th. The bureau later confirmed it was investigating “criminal allegations”; in connection with the incident at the center. Police in Scottsdale, Arizona, had previously called the incident a “riot” and filed misdemeanor charges against Paul and others for their alleged involvement.
Paul’s statement does not shed further light on the investigation, although he points out that the office was focused solely on events in Arizona. “Just to clarify things and set the record, the FBI raid is entirely related to the Arizona robbery situation that took place, and is an investigation,” he said. In May, video circulated that appeared to show Paul inside a mall where police said “riots and looting” occurred during protests over George Floyd’s death.
The FBI raided a second home, owned by Arman Izadi, in connection with the investigation as well. Izad is friends with Paul and, according to Scottsdale police, had also been charged with minor offenses. Paul does not mention Izad explicitly in his video, but he undoubtedly refers to his comrades “doing bad things.” Izadi had previously filed charges against him in connection with pimping and robbery, was convicted of attempted battery charge, and pleaded guilty to pandering, according to Bisha ditore.
Paul made no further statements on the investigation. “My goal now is to keep focusing on myself, boxing, music,” Paul said. Verge turned to Paul’s lawyer for comment.