(TMU) – Jake Paul, a Youtuber who is said to have a net worth of over $19 million, has been accused of participating in the looting that took place inside of Fashion Square Mall in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The 23-year-old Youtube star was captured on cellphone video with a crowd of looters at the Fashion Square Mall, but it is not clear whether he was taking items for himself, or just sightseeing. A voice can be heard in the background of the video, but because Paul is wearing a mask, it is not clear if the voice is coming from him or Andrew Blue, the photographer who recorded the footage.
The voice can be heard saying that they were teargassed by police and had guns pulled on them.
“Bunch of f*****g idiots, bro. Literally, I walked right here, right up to there. These f*****g idiots teargassed me. I ain’t doing s***, bro. Look at them pointing guns at me. Look at them. Twenty guns on me. Twenty guns on me right now,” the voice said.
Although Paul was not seen participating in any of the vandalism or theft, he was certainly in the presence of the mob that was engaging in these activities. Andrew Blue, Pauls’s photographer, has since made a statement on Instagram promising that they were just there to document what was happening, and did not actually participate in the looting or vandalism.
FUCK JAKE PAUL he’s at fashion square looting while people are protesting n being teargassed downtown pic.twitter.com/jM18sBU80L
— ecosocialist comrade (@c75525) May 31, 2020
“Just for clarity, I am a videographer and my job is to document virtually everything. We were strictly documenting the situation and doing our part to use our platform to raise awareness about the horrific event and overall injustice. Nobody with us was looting or vandalizing, bit it certainly was tragic to see and while we understand the frustration, we don’t condone or support any behavior like that,” he wrote on his Instagram stories, according to US Weekly.
Paul himself then made a follow-up statement distancing himself from the looters, but still expressed his support for the protests. Paul claims that he was a part of the peaceful protests that were going on for most of the day and was acting as a journalist when he was spotted among the looters.
“To be absolutely clear, neither I nor anyone in our group was engaged in any looting 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 to use being tear-gassed for filming the events and brutality that were unfolding in Arizona. We were gassed and forced to keep moving on foot. We filmed everything we saw in an effort to share our experience and bring more attention to the anger felt in every neighborhood we traveled through; we were strictly documenting, not engaging,” Paul said.
Still, despite these clarifications, the general sentiment on the internet seems pretty unforgiving towards Paul, with many posters refusing to believe his version of events.
Jake Paul hijacking the black lives matter movement to loot a mall for youtube content is one of the most Jake Paul moves I could imagine, what an absolute waste of space he and his brother are
— yeah i’m still emo, so what? (@ThyArtIsMemes) May 31, 2020
Jake Paul looting and using the death of unarmed black men by police for vlog views is disgusting but it’s exactly who he is.
he didn’t march in solidarity with anyone he showed up hours after to loot a mall for VIEWS. Jake cares about no one but himself & money. he needs help.
— Zach Sang (@zachsang) May 31, 2020
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