The FBI Raided Jake Paul's Mansion With Armored Trucks
Update 8/5 at 5:50 p.m.: In a statement to ABC7, the FBI says the raid on Jake Paul's house was in connection to a May 2020 incident at a shopping mall in Arizona, when Paul was charged with criminal trespass and unlawful assembly along with Arman Izadi and Andrew Leon. The trio were attending the protests against the death of George Floyd. The charges were dismissed, according to the Scottsdale police, so "a federal criminal investigation can be completed."
The unpredictable bingo card of 2020 just got another hit. This morning, TMZ reported that the FBI raided YouTuber Jake Paul’s Calabasas mansion. While the FBI confirmed that a federal search warrant had been issued, they declined to comment on the investigation since the affidavit is sealed. However, pictures and video posted by TMZ show a sheriff’s van and several armored trucks leaving the property, which was raided early this morning.
A rep for Paul did not respond to request for comment, so it’s unclear what, exactly, prompted the ongoing investigation. Paul has recently made headlines for throwing parties at his mansion despite California’s social distancing orders prohibiting large gatherings during the pandemic. A few influencers have reportedly tested positive after attending a swath of L.A gatherings, including Tanner Fox, who said he had recently been in contact with Paul.
"No one has answers, our leadership is failing us, and everyone kind of just doesn't know what to do,” Paul previously told Insider about his parties. “But I personally am not the type of person who's gonna sit around and not live my life."
Meanwhile, other influencers have apologized for their pandemic behavior, including James Charles and Tana Mongeau, who both posted on social media from multiple large, indoor gatherings.
“Even though I have been wearing a mask in public and have tested negative multiple times, going to a party during a pandemic was a selfish & stupid decision,” Charles wrote in a recent YouTube video. “People’s safety and keeping COVID-19 contained is FAR more important than celebrating a friend’s birthday and unsafe partying is not something I want to promote to my audience.”
However, these goings-on are just what Jake Paul decides to show us, and it would be odd for the FBI to investigate something as local as parties. The raid suggests there may be a lot happening with the influencer offline.