Jake Paul: YouTuber charged with criminal trespass and unlawful assembly
YouTuber Jake Paul has been accused of criminal offense and illegal meeting during riots in a shopping center in Arizona.
On Sunday, the 23-year-old denied any involvement in looting or vandalism at the Scottsdale mall.
Local police said they had received hundreds of suggestions about his presence.
At least 20 people were arrested in the accident, part of the unrest spread across cities across the United States following the death of George Floyd.
Ever since the unarmed African American died in police custody in Minneapolis last month, more than 10,000 people have been arrested in unrest in the United States, according to a count drawn up by the Associated Press.
The violence in the Scottsdale mall is estimated to have cost millions of dollars in damage and theft.
Police say they have recovered thousands of dollars in stolen property.
In a Thursday statement, the Scottsdale police department said that, in the context of its investigation, “it was confirmed that Jake Paul was present and remained inside after an illegal assembly was declared.”
Jake Paul tweeted Thursday: “Give me my accusations and we bring attention back to George Floyd and Black Lives Matter.”
The YouTube star, who also has 3.7 million Twitter followers, previously released a social media statement after photos and videos were posted online to show that they had taken part in the violence.
“Neither I nor anyone in our group have been involved in any looting or vandalism,” said Jake Paul. “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.”
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Jake Paul is among the most important YouTube stars in the world.
Forbes reported that his earnings in 2018 amounted to $ 21.5 million (£ 16.8 million), with videos of his rap songs and jokes that gained over 3.5 billion views over the course of a year.
His older brother Logan Paul, also famous YouTuber, is also no stranger to controversy.
In 2018, YouTube cut some commercial ties with Logan Paul after posting a video showing the body of an apparent victim of suicide in Japan.