YouTuber Jake Paul denied looting during a protest against racial inequality in Arizona.
The 23-year-old claims to be there just to film content for his 20.1 million followers on YouTube.
Photos and videos seen on social media claim to show Jake, whose estimated wealth is over $ 11 million, involved in the looting of a shopping mall in Arizona.
“Neither I nor anyone in our group have been involved in any looting or vandalism,” he wrote on Twitter and Instagram.
12 people were arrested in Scottsdale Fashion Square after “millions of dollars of damage and theft” took place in the mall’s stores.
“We filmed everything we saw in an attempt to share our experience and bring more attention to the anger felt in every neighborhood we went through,” wrote Jake.
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Looting and vandalism in Arizona were part of the widespread protests that took place across America for six days.
They started after George Floyd’s death while they were in police custody.
Several videos and photos posted online appeared to show Jake Paul in areas where looting and vandalism was taking place, including showing him standing with people blowing out the fireworks.
During last week’s protests, it was suggested that in some places whites were responsible for violent acts that reflected negatively on other protesters.
At least 4,100 people were arrested over several days of protests, according to a tally drafted by the Associated Press news agency. Arrests have been made for a number of crimes, from looting and blocking highways to breaking curfews.
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