Jake Paul is no stranger to controversy, but now it appears as if the YouTube star turned boxer is about to get into the ring with his most formidable opponent yet—the Federal Bureau of Investigation. A team of more than 20 agents rolled up to Paul's home in Calabasas, California, and executed a search warrant Wednesday morning, according to TMZ.
Paul's attorney, Richard Schonfeld, said in a statement to TMZ that Paul was out of state at the time of the search. The FBI backed this up in a statement given to ABC 7, "The affidavit in support of the search warrant is sealed and we are, therefore, prohibited from commenting as to the nature of the investigation."
While there are no clear details about what exactly the feds were searching for, Paul has been in the headlines for all of the wrong reasons over the last couple of months. In June, Paul was charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass and unlawful assembly after being identified looting a mall in Scottsdale, Arizona.
More recently, Paul was in hot water for hosting a massive party at his Calabasas home. Neighbors were up in arms about scores of maskless people paying no heed to social distancing rules as they wandered through the neighborhood en route to the shindig. It was such a notable event, that even the mayor of Calabasas, Alicia Weintraub, expressed her outrage. "I was very upset that somebody would hold such an outrageous gathering in our community," Weintraub told ABC News. "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."
While throwing a party during a global pandemic can be incredibly dangerous, it is not the type of thing that the FBI usually would stick their noses in. Chances are that they were looking for something else, particularly since they were seen leaving the house seizing multiple firearms, although that is mere speculation since the warrant is sealed.