As if 2020 wasn’t bizarre enough, the FBI reportedly served a federal search warrant at Jake Paul’s home in Calabasas, Calif., on Aug. 5. According to ABC7, “several apparent firearms” were allegedly found at the property, although this hasn’t been confirmed as of this writing. A representative for the Federal Bureau of Investigations told ABC7, “The affidavit in support of the search warrant is sealed and we are, therefore, prohibited from commenting as to the nature of the investigation.” The rep added that no arrests were made or planned.
There were reportedly an estimated 20 people on the grounds of the Calabasas compound at the time of the search, TMZ reported. The outlet also noted that the “infamous Graffiti Mansion” in Las Vegas, owned by Paul’s close friend, Arman Izadi, was searched in conjunction with the Calabasas raid.
Paul’s attorney, Richard Schonfeld told TMZ about the raid, “We understand that a search warrant was executed at Jake’s Calabasas home this morning while Jake was out-of-state. We are still gathering information and will cooperate with the investigation.”
So what’s going on here? We reveal everything we know about the raid after the jump.
Is Jake Paul's partying connected to the raid?
YouTube star Jake Paul faced scrutiny in July 2020 for allegedly having large parties at his Calabasas home amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the clear social distancing guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and officials in California, Paul seemed confused by the outrage. “I don’t know what to think of it, to be honest,” he told Insider. “I don’t think anyone really does. No one has answers, our leadership is failing us, and everyone kind of just doesn’t know what to do. But I personally am not the type of person who’s gonna sit around and not live my life.”
Calabasas Mayor Alicia Weintraub told FOX 11 at the time, “They’re having this large party, no social distancing, no masks, it’s just a big huge disregard for everything that everybody is trying to do to get things back to functioning.” She added that she would work with the Lost Hills Sheriff’s station to prevent similar gatherings.
It is unclear if Paul’s parties are related to the FBI raid, but that didn’t stop social media from speculating. “Haha that’s what you get for throwing all these massive parties….,” one Twitter user quipped.
The raid might be linked to an incident in Arizona
As it turns out, the FBI raid at Jake Paul’s house doesn’t appear to be about partying. “The FBI is investigating allegations of criminal acts surrounding the incident at Scottsdale Fashion Square in May 2020,” the FBI reportedly told TMZ on Aug. 5, 2020.
To refresh your memory, Paul got charged with trespassing after he allegedly entered the Scottsdale Fashion Square mall during the Black Lives Matter protests, which were in response to the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, according to NBC News. Videos taken at the mall showed people stealing merchandise and vandalizing property, and, although Paul claimed in a statement that he was there “strictly documenting” the situation, the police found there was enough to charge him with trespassing.
“Our investigation has revealed that Paul was present after the protest was declared an unlawful assembly and the rioters were ordered to leave the area by the police,” the statement read, per NBC News. “Paul also unlawfully entered and remained inside of the mall when it was closed.”
It remains to be seen how the incident in Scottsdale played into this investigation — stay tuned.
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