The FBI has executed a search warrant at YouTuber Jake Paul's mansion in California — but it is not immediately clear why federal authorities are investigating the controversial star.
The agency did not name Paul, 23, in an official statement on the search.
“The FBI is executing a federal search warrant at a residence in Calabasas in connection with an ongoing investigation. The affidavit in support of the search warrant has been sealed by a judge and I am, therefore, prohibited from commenting as to the nature of the investigation. No arrests are planned,” a FBI spokesperson told Oxygen.com.
A large number of agents and officials were present at the search — many wearing tactical gear and SWAT-esque uniforms, as seen in footage obtained by TMZ.
No details were immediately available about the investigation; however, the search comes just two weeks after Paul hosted a widely-condemned and packed house party.
The party drew ire from local officials who said the YouTuber was flouting social distancing guidelines now in place due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
"I was very upset that somebody would hold such an outrageous gathering in our community," Calabasas Mayor Alicia Weintraub told KABC at the time. "We're trying to do everything we can to get our numbers down and keep our community safe, and something like this just does the opposite."
Local outlet Fox 11 obtained footage of the packed party, in which no masks or social distancing can be observed.
“They’re having this large party, no social distancing, no masks, it’s just a big huge disregard for everything that everybody is trying to do to get things back to functioning,” Weintraub told Fox 11. “It’s really just a party acting like COVID does not exist, it’s acting that businesses aren’t closed.”
Last month, Paul was charged with taking part in an alleged riot at an Arizona mall during the ongoing protests in response to the killing of George Floyd. Paul had denied participating in any “looting or vandalism."
It was not immediately clear if Paul was home at the time the warrant was executed. He has not commented publicly on the news.
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