A complete timeline of everything that's been happening with YouTuber Jake Paul (and his brother, Logan) since his million-dollar mansion was raided by the FBI.
What's been going on since YouTube star Jake Paul had his mansion in Calabasas raided by the FBI? Reportedly, the raid was one hectic operation, with TMZ describing it as a “mini military parade" involving "armoured trucks". Police officers were captured carrying guns out of his place. Apparently Jake wasn't home at the time.
One FBI spokesperson told media at the time the search was connected to Jake’s arrest at a shopping centre in Scottsdale, Arizona during a George Floyd Black Lives Matter protest back in May. But apart from a few bits here and there, we’ve barely heard from Jake Paul or his brother Logan Paul since the raid.
So... did Jake end up getting arrested? Was he allowed back in the house? What's actually going on there? We'd like to investigate. Here’s everything we’ve heard from Jake Paul, 23, and Logan Paul, 25, since the FBI raid – along what we make of it all.
August 9: Logan Paul says Jake is “in good spirits”
We already told you this one, but just to recap: a few days after the raid, Logan Paul gave us an update on how Jake was going via his podcast, Impaulsive. "I’ll tell you what I know. I know what you know. I don’t know shit. I know my brother’s okay, physically he’s fine, but I don’t know. I’m out of the loop on this one guys,” Logan said.
“Yeah, I checked in on him, he’s fine, physically. It’s a bit of a headache, we’re figuring it out. This story will unfold, but I want you guys to know that we’re here to support Jake Paul, and hopefully, this comes out in a healthy, amicable way for all parties. It’s mainly my brother.”
August 10: Logan Paul makes a grab for the spotlight
Cool, so Logan Paul apparently didn’t know much about the raid. What he did know, though, is that he too wanted some time in the spotlight. One day later, he posted this tweet: “$10,000 to any influencer who can beat me in a wrestling match.” It's a dumb thing to post a wresting match call to social media under normal circumstances, but add in the fact we’re in the middle of a global pandemic (people have no business even shaking hands right now) and it’s beyond dumb.
With a history of posting stunts and videos to social media, Logan Paul often engages in bizarre and deeply problematic behaviour for the sake of getting some extra time in the spotlight. A few years ago, Logan posted a YouTube video of himself and some mates in the 'suicide forest', a frequent suicide spot at the bottom of Mount Fuji in Japan. In the video, Logan even filmed the body of what looked like a young suicide victim. Logan Paul posted the video to YouTube in late 2017, titled 'We found a dead body in the Japanese Suicide Forest'. The exploitative video clocked up millions of YouTube views before he took down the video and apologised. Eventually, YouTube themselves stepped in and Logan was penalised for his actions.
August 13: Jake Paul finally talks
Finally, we heard from Jake. He posted (and then deleted) a video on social media asking his fans to ignore the rumours about him being in serious legal trouble. The FBI raid, he said, was just part of an “investigation” related to that Arizona trespassing case we mentioned earlier. Interestingly, though, in the video, Jake hinted that someone close to him was “doing malicious things”, but that he’d now handled it. Cool.
Also, that same week, Jake was spotted out and about with his ex-GF Tana Mongeau and his dog. It looked like they were super relaxed...
Mid-August: Jake Paul may or may not have shot a music video about the raid
Next, more distasteful stuff: around mid-August, people started to strongly suspect Jake Paul was making a music video about his FBI raid.
A platform for working actors and creatives called Backstage reportedly put out a casting call for a “Jake Paul video re-enacting his recent run-in with the law.” It’s not known whether the YouTuber himself was involved in the project, or even knew about it. But the original poster reportedly said he was never working with Paul at all.
August 23: Jake Paul announces he’s quitting YouTube
In the last week of August, the younger Paul brother dropped that he might be leaving YouTube – you know, like the social media platform that made him and his videos famous. In an informal video interview with The Hollywood Fix on one of his nights out he said: “Yeah, I don’t fuck with that YouTube shit, it’s a dead-end”. He continued, in his signature classy way: "Fuck you YouTube. Nah, I make my money in other ways, I’m the owner of Fanjoy.”
At the time of publication, Jake Paul has just over 20 million subscribers on YouTube. According to Business Insider Australia, he made an average of USD$11,688 for every minute of YouTube video he put out in 2019. His brother Logan Paul has closer to 22 million subscribers.
Fanjoy, if you didn’t know, is an influencer merchandising company Jake’s heavily involved with, describing itself as "limited edition merchandise experiences from your favourite people".
Twitter had mixed reactions to Jake's drunken video resignation, with some people happy to see him go and others in mourning.
so, bottom line: what's happening with the FBI raid now?
This brings us to today. As of writing this, there’s a lot we still don’t know – namely, where the case with Jake Paul stands now; where the YouTuber's been bunking; and if, in fact, he has quit YouTube. Whatever's going down with the FBI investigation, it doesn't seem the Paul brothers are worried.
While Jake hasn’t posted on Twitter since the raid, he recently shared this photo to Instagram (plus, another a few days later, posing with Erika Costell):
"Chaos kid," he captioned it. Indeed.
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