Jake Paul charged with Criminal Trespassing and Unlawful Assembly

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Scottsdale Fashion Square was the site of looting last week.

Ivana Venema-Nunez , Reporter

On Thursday, Scottsdale police announced Jake Paul, a Youtube personality with over 20 million subscribers, is facing charges which stem from his alleged involvement in the looting in Scottsdale Fashion Square on Saturday night while the protests for George Floyd were happening in Downtown Phoenix.

The charges include criminal trespass and unlawful assembly, both misdemeanor counts, according to police spokesman Sgt. Ben Hoster, the Arizona Republic wrote.

Paul faces backlash over a video on Twitter, which Paul’s videographer shot, which shows he and his friends setting off fireworks into the entrance of the mall.

The backlash on Twitter from Paul’s presence at the protest was swift, with one user writing, “Jake Paul, a millionaire, is looting a mall so that he could post a YouTube video about it and add more to his wealth.”

Paul posted Saturday night to Instagram they had been tear-gassed by police at Fashion Square.

The police report states Paul trespassed in the closed business location of Fashion Square while looting was occurring.  According to the report, he refused to disperse from the mall after having been given an order to disperse by a police helicopter, the Arizona Republic wrote.

According to a Newsweek article, Paul was walking around with the looters and took a bottle of vodka handed to him that was stolen from the PF Chang’s restaurant chain.

Paul “was present after the protest was declared an unlawful assembly and the rioters were ordered to leave the area by police” according to an official statement given to ABC 15 Arizona by the Scottsdale police department.

Paul released a statement on Twitter claiming that “neither I nor anyone in our group was engaged in any looting or vandalism.” 

He later made a Youtube video where he states his innocence and added that he will “continue to document things that need to be shared with America” and “If people want to accuse me of things because my name is Jake Paul, so be it.”

Paul has yet to make a statement about the charges, Newsweek wrote.