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YouTuber Jake Paul has been charged with trespassing and unlawful assembly after he was at a mall that was being looted – CNN

(CNN)YouTuber Jake Paul has been charged with criminal trespass and unlawful assembly after video showed him at a Scottsdale, Arizona, mall as it was being looted, police said.

Paul, 23, was present during the looting and property destruction that occurred at the city’s Fashion Square mall on Saturday, the Scottsdale Police Department said in a Facebook post on Wednesday.
“The Scottsdale Police Department has received hundreds of tips and videos from the community in response to Saturday nights events at Fashion Square Mall,” the department said in a statement.
“During our ongoing investigation it was confirmed that social media influencer Jake Paul was in attendance and remained inside of the mall after an unlawful assembly was declared and has been charged with Criminal Trespass and Unlawful Assembly.”
CNN has reached out to the Scottsdale Police Department for further comment.
Video taken by his photographer and posted by another user to Twitter appeared to show Paul outside the mall as people were attempting to break in. Later, the footage appears to show him inside the mall along with others after it had closed. It is unclear whether Paul took anything, and he has not been charged with any theft or vandalism that occurred.
Paul said that he nor anyone else he was with was engaged in looting or vandalism, and that his group was tear gassed by police.
“We filmed everything we saw in an effort to share our experience and bring more attention to the anger felt in every neighborhood we raveled through; we were strictly documenting, not engaging,” Paul said in a statement posted to Twitter on Sunday.
“I do not condone violence, looting, or breaking the law; however I understand the anger and frustration that led to the destruction we witnessed,” he added. “While it’s not the answer, it’s important that people see it and collectively figure out how to move forward in a healthy way.”
CNN was not able to reach Paul immediately for comment.
Court records from the city of Scottsdale indicate that Paul’s arraignment is scheduled for July 8.

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YouTuber Myka Stauffer’s Lawyers Speak Out After Adoption Controversy – E! NEWS

YouTube personality Myka Stauffer and husband James Stauffer stand by their decision to place their adopted son in the care of another family

The couple faced intense criticism after she revealed that Huxley, who they adopted from China in 2017, was living with a “new mommy” better suited to address his medical issues. Now, attorneys for Myka and James are speaking out on their behalf. 

“In coming to know our clients we know they are a loving family and are very caring parents that would do anything for their children,” their legal team said in a statement published by People. “Since his adoption, they consulted with multiple professionals in the healthcare and educational arenas in order to provide Huxley with the best possible treatment and care. Over time, the team of medical professionals advised our clients it might be best for Huxley to be placed with another family.”

Myka and James were “forced to make a difficult decision,” the attorneys state, adding, “but it is in fact, the right and loving thing to do for this child.”

Additionally, Myka and James’ lawyers insist that they never considered placing the toddler in the foster system and worked hard to “hand-select a family who is equipped to handle Huxley’s needs.”

 Myka Stauffer, Huxley, Instagram

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In the emotional YouTube video, James said that Huxley had “a lot more special needs” than they were initially aware of. The child was ultimately diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and over the next three years, Myka documented the ups and downs of his journey online. 

“There’s not an ounce of our body that doesn’t want Huxley with all of our being. There wasn’t a minute that I didn’t try our hardest,” she said in the video, later adding, “Do I feel like a failure as a mom? 500 percent. So when we get insidious, hurtful comments, it really makes it hurt worse.”

In a 2017 YouTube video, Myka discussed the adoption process and even expressed her family’s commitment to raising Huxley. 

“If anything, my child is not returnable,” she said at the time. “So when I heard all of the things that that doctor was telling us, it kind of went in one ear and out the other.”

“He’s our son and that’s that,” Myka added. “We’re not gonna trade him in, we’re not gonna return him. He’s our boy.”

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