Jake Paul has had quite a run-in with the law, but he’s getting a slight reprieve.
Earlier this year, Paul was arrested and charged with criminal trespass and unlawful assembly after being among a group of looters at the Scottsdale Fashion Square in Arizona in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd.
On Friday, Fox News reported that the misdemeanour charges against Paul and two others in the case have been dropped by the Scottsdale Police Department in Arizona.
In a statement, the department said the “misdemeanour charges … are being dismissed without prejudice today.
“It has been decided that in the cases charging Jake Paul, Arman Izadi and Andrew Leon it is in the best interest of the community to dismiss misdemeanour charges without prejudice so that a federal criminal investigation can be completed,” the statement continued.
The move to drop the charges comes after the YouTube star’s Calabasas home was raided by the FBI on Wednesday morning, ABC News and many other outlets reported.
The search was conducted in connection with an ongoing investigation, though the warrant affidavit has been sealed, so the nature of the investigation remains unknown.
ABC7 reported, though, that officers appeared to seize firearms from the home, with multiple guns, including a long gun seen scattered across the property in helicopter footage.
Additionally, the Scottsdale police noted that their charges against Paul may be refiled later, as their investigation works in collaboration with the FBI.
Video obtained by TMZ shows numerous federal officers in tactical gear executing the warrant.
Paul then broke his silence in a since-deleted YouTube clip that was shared by fans.
“Just to clarify things and set the record straight, the FBI raid is entirely related to the Arizona looting situation that happened,” he explained.
“It’s an investigation. There are rumours about it having to do with so many other things that have nothing to do with me or my character and the s**t that people are making up is absolutely absurd.”
Paul continued, “That being said, when I become aware of someone around me who is doing malicious things they are immediately cut out of my life. I don’t put up with bulls**t, I don’t surround myself with bad people. If someone does something bad, they will be removed from my life.
“My goal right now is to continue to focus on my life, myself, boxing, music. Thank you to all the fans who have been sticking by my side through all of these crazy times.”
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