To his devout fans — who call themselves the Jake Paulers — no prank is too wild, no controversy is too big. Every time he’s mired in a scandal, the hashtag #jakepaulisoverparty trends — but he’s never really over. In fact, with every stunt, prank or internet feud, he gains fans on his YouTube channel, which has more than 20 million followers.
He hosted a party during the coronavirus pandemic
Videos captured at his home showed carefree young people partying without masks or social distancing. They danced, rolled dice and drank from red cups. Others held onto an excavator crane that pulled them up and twirled them around.
After the party, the mayor said the city and law enforcement were adopting a zero-tolerance policy with no warnings for anyone who hosts large gatherings.
Disney cut ties with him after feud with neighbors
In 2017, Disney cut ties with Paul, who appeared on the channel’s series “Bizaardvark.”
The neighbors told journalists that Paul liked to share his address, sending hordes of young girls gathering outside the home.
When the affiliate asked Paul how he felt about neighbors saying living next to him was “a living hell” and “a circus,” Paul did not appear fazed.
“I mean, people like going to circuses, right?” he asked.
He once fooled the TSA with a giant teddy bear
“He was abandoned by his owners at LAX after the airline and TSA determined that he was just too big to be screened as a carry-on and taken on the plane,” TSA wrote in the photo caption with a reminder to passengers about the size of carry-ons.
People unleashed fury at the TSA, saying it likely ruined a child’s Christmas by not letting the passenger take the bear on board.
But there was no kid involved. Paul uploaded a video of his encounter with the TSA, telling his followers he’d tried to take “Brodie the Bear” — a gift for his girlfriend — through airport security but did not make it.
#LetBrodieFly, he later tweeted.
He was accused of mall looting in Arizona
“Social media influencer Jake Paul was in attendance and remained inside of the mall after an unlawful assembly was declared,” the Scottsdale Police Department said in June.
Authorities said he was present during the property destruction at Scottsdale’s Fashion Square mall. Paul denied any involvement.
On Wednesday, the Scottdale Police Department said it is dismissing the charges against him and two friends.
“It is in the best interest of the community to dismiss misdemeanor charges without prejudice so that a federal criminal investigation can be completed. Scottsdale retains the option to refile charges depending on the outcome of the federal investigation,” police said in a statement.
He has a brother who’s just as controversial
Jake Paul has a brother who has even more YouTube fans. Just call them double trouble.
“I should have never posted the video,” he said. “There are a lot of things I should have done differently but I didn’t and for that, from the bottom of my heart, I am sorry.”
CNN’s Saba Hamedy contributed to this report.