YouTube star Jake Paul is talking about an FBI raid on his home in Calabasas, Calif., Last week.
Paul, 23, took to YouTube in a video he had been hiding since Wednesday to “set the record well,” according to Entertainment Tonight.
“Just to clarify things and set the record, the FBI raid is entirely related to the Arizona robbery situation that took place,” the internet personality said in the video, which was taken by TMZ.
He continued: “There is an investigation. 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 issue that people are creating is absolutely absurd.”;
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Paul went on to say that currently “his goal now is to continue to focus on myself, boxing, music”. “Thank you to all the fans who have stood by me during all these crazy times,” he added.
When news of the raid first began on Aug. 5, the reason behind it was unclear, but an FBI spokesman in Phoenix confirmed to Fox News hours later that the attack was about their investigation into “criminal acts surrounding the event in Square i Scottsdale Fashion in May 2020, “of which Paul is suspected to be a part.
A SWAT attack was used during the raid but no arrests were made.
“The FBI is investigating allegations of criminal acts related to the incident at Scottsdale Fashion Square in May 2020,” a spokesman for Fox News at the time said. “This morning the FBI executed federal search warrants in California and Las Vegas, Nevada in connection with this investigation. The trust of the search warrant is sealed and, therefore, we are prohibited from commenting further.”
Paul’s lawyer Richard Schonfeld previously confirmed that the house was his.
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“We understand that a search warrant was executed at Jake’s Calabasa home this morning while Jake was overseas,” Schonfeld said in an email. “We are still gathering information and will co-operate with the investigation.”
In May, Paul allegedly became involved in what local authorities called a “rebellion” at Arizona Scottsdale Fashion Square, and was charged with criminal misconduct and illegal assembly after he allegedly joined a group of robbers in the center of a large nationwide protest sparked by the death of George Floyd while in police custody.
Police in Scottsdale, Ariz., However, said last week that they were dismissing charges of criminal misconduct and illegal assembly against Paul and two others “so that a federal criminal investigation could be completed,” but that they can be refined later.
In May, Paul addressed the incident, tempting: “To be absolutely clear, neither I nor anyone in our group was involved in any robbery or vandalism. For context, we spent the day doing our part to peacefully protest one of the most horrific injustices our country has ever seen, which led us to burst into tears over the filming of the events and brutality unfolding in Arizona. . “
“We gasped and were forced to keep walking. We filmed everything we saw in an effort to share our experience and pay more attention to the anger felt in each neighborhood we traveled through; we were strictly documenting, not engaging. “I do not condemn violence, robbery or breaking the law,” he added.
Following the Arizona incident, police issued a statement to Fox News.
“Following the riots and looting that took place on the evening of May 30, 2020 at Scottsdale Fashion Square, the Scottsdale Police Department received hundreds of tips and videos identifying social media influencer Jake Joseph Paul (23) as a participant in the riots.” They said at the time.
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“Our investigation has revealed that Paul was present after the protest was declared an illegal assembly and the rebels were ordered to leave the area by police. Paul also entered illegally and remained inside the shopping center when it closed. As a result “Paul has been charged with Trespass Criminal and Illegal Assembly (both charges of minor offenses),” the statement continued.
Day of the Fox News and Associated Press contributed to this report