YouTuber Jake Paul has been charged with
criminal trespass and unlawful assembly .
after several videos showed him at an Arizona
mall while it was being looted and vandalized.
The 23-year-old internet personality was “in
attendance and remained inside of the [Fashion Square
Mall] after an unlawful assembly was declared".
This is according to a Facebook post
from the Scottsdale Police Department.
Paul responded to the charges on Twitter,
writing, “Gimme my charges and let’s put the
focus back on George Floyd and Black Lives Matter".
On May 31, before he was charged, Paul also
took to Twitter to issue a statement denying
any involvement in the looting or vandalism.
Paul has faced significant backlash
for what many people perceive
as a tone-deaf publicity stunt.
“There’s no other way to put it, you are trying to profit off
of a black man losing his life,” one person said. “You want
to capture something shocking for views, that’s all it is".
“Jake Paul getting what he’s deserved for a
long time,” another person added. “He used this
event to further himself. Never f****** forget this".
Court records from the city of Scottsdale
note that Paul’s arraignment is set to
take place on July 8, according to CNN