George Floyd death: Jake Paul denies looting Arizona mall

Carla Harmon
June 1, 2020

YouTube star Jake Paul has denied allegations he took part in looting a store at a Los Angeles mall amid protests against the killing of George Floyd last night.

Paul, 23, is seen wearing a mask, according to cell phone video with a crowd of protestors at the Fashion Square Mall in Scottsdale, TMZ reported.

The videos, shared to Instagram by Andrew Blue, Paul's videographer and photographer, have since been sparked backlash on social media.

"Jake Paul, can u please go back to being an absolute disease in the comfort of your swamp of a YouTube channel so your idiocy can at the very least be contained so we can all ignore you in PEACE??", one protested against the YouTube big shot, known for making lifestyle vlogs, ostensibly looting the store. I ain't doing s***, bro. "It's getting insane!" During footage inside a mall, we can see people destroying a vehicle and looting a Sephora. Look at them pointing guns at me, ' Paul said.

While Paul can not be seen taking anything in the footage, the YouTuber was accused of looting and setting off fireworks with his friends. He captioned videos "america is in ruins" and "what can we do" before sharing a photo of his face saying that he was tear-gassed by officers and that his eye was bleeding.

You don't see Paul steal anything himself, but he's right in the thick of it as everyone around him destroys storefronts and steals what's inside of them. The desperation to stick-it to capitalism and take home some merchandise as a souvenir is understandable in a time like this-but Jake Paul is a millionaire. Americans are out on roads to protest for the cause of "Black Lives Matter". "To be absolutely clear, neither I nor anyone in our group was engaged in any looting or vandalism", he said. One of the most ridiculous comments on social media ...

"We were gassed and forced to keep moving on foot", Paul continued. We filmed everything we saw in an effort to share our experience and bring more attention to the anger felt in every neighborhood we traveled through; we were strictly documenting, not engaging'. "My job is to document virtually everything", he wrote. "I do not condone violence, looting, or breaking the law".

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