YouTuber Jake Paul said in an official statement on Sunday after footage of him at a looted Arizona mall emerged amid claims he and his friends were among those doing the looting.
“To be absolutely clear, neither I nor anyone in our group was engaged in any looting or vandalism,” Paul said in a statement.
Paul said he and his friends spent the day participating in peaceful protests of “one of the most horrific injustices our country has ever seen,” according to the statement.
The video appeared in social media as protests and vandalism broke out across the country in the wake of the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis.
“I do not condone violence, looting or breaking the law; however, I understand the anger and frustration that led to the destruction we witnessed, and while it’s not the answer, it’s important that people see it and collectively figure out how to move forward in a healthy way,” he said.
Paul found the need clarify with a statement soon after a video of him and his friends outside the mall, and later, inside the mall, went wild on social media.
The mall in question, Fashion Square in Scottsdale, Arizona, was being looted as Paul stood by and filmed. It was not clear if Paul destroyed any property or took anything from the mall.
The YouTube star is seen in a mask while those around him set off fireworks and appeared to be destroying the Mall’s property.
Sources: NBC News, Youtube
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