Don’t worry, guys, Jake Paul‘s recent arrest was just a prank. That’s right, days after he was actually charged with criminal trespassing and unlawful assembly after a video of him allegedly looting at a mall in Arizona during the George Floyd protests went viral, the YouTuber became a victim of a practical joke set up by a group of his friends.
For those who missed it, the 23-year-old recounted the entire thing during his most recent YouTube video, titled “The Story of How I Got Arrested.” At first, when a video of his alleged arrest went viral online, fans were confused and thought the entire thing was real. But, during the 10-minute vlog, his friend explained that because “Jake has actual, real charges and is facing up to six months in jail,” it seemed like a “perfect time” to trick the former Team 10 founder into thinking there’s a warrant out for his arrest. So, yes, the entire thing was totally fake!
So, in order to pull off the prank, his friends hired four fake police officers to come to Jake’s house and arrest him. They played along, acting super concerned before opening the door to the police car and asking, “Yo bro, how does it feel being the one getting pranked?”
Well, from the sound of it, Jake wasn’t too happy about the entire thing.
“I thought I was going to f**king jail. I’m just like so f**king sick of people trying to make a f**king example out of Jake Paul,” he said. “F**k you bro. And the f**ked up part, bro, is that I still might go to jail. So, this is like f**king funny, but it’s not, okay.”
For those who missed it, on June 4, Jake was charged with “criminal trespass and unlawful assembly” — both of which are misdemeanor charges — after he came under fire for videos posted on May 31 by his videographer, Andrew Blue, that showed him watching as people around him destroyed property and stole things during an Arizona protest.
“Our investigation has revealed that [Jake] was present after the protest was declared an unlawful assembly and the rioters were ordered to leave the area by the police. [Jake] also unlawfully entered and remained inside of the mall when it was closed,” The Scottsdale Police Department said in a statement at the time.
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