Jake Paul criticised by Calabasas mayor for throwing major party during pandemic

Social media footage from event showed large crowds without masks or social distancing measures in place

Isobel Lewis
Thursday 16 July 2020 10:47
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YouTube star Jake Paul has come under fire for hosting a party on Saturday (11 July) despite renewed coronavirus restrictions.

Video footage from the gathering shared on social media showed large groups of people partying without masks and social distancing measures at Paul’s mansion in Calabasas, Los Angeles.

The party took place both inside and outside of the house, with Paul’s neighbours suggesting that a music video was also being filmed at the event.

In one clip, crowded party goers are seen rolling dice on a ping pong table with large piles of money nearby, while another shows three women hanging from the bucket of a digger in Paul’s garden.

Speaking to Fox 11, Calabasas mayor Alicia Weintraub condemned the 23-year-old’s actions, saying: “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.

“It’s really just a party acting like Covid does not exist, it’s acting that businesses aren’t closed… We all have to do our part.”

After receiving a high number of complaints constituents, who had seen the footage on social media, Weintraub said that parties of this kind will now be banned for violating health orders.

He added: “It wasn’t just myself who was outraged, it was everyone who saw the video.”

The Independent has approached Paul’s representatives for comment.

In June, the Youtube star was charged by police after looting an Arizona mall during a protest.

“In our continued investigation, it was confirmed that Jake Paul was in attendance and remained inside after an unlawful assembly was declared and has been charged with Criminal Trespass & Unlawful Assembly,” the Scottsdale Police Department tweeted.

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