Summary: Jake Paul is being sued for destroying a rental home in California.
Earlier this year, Youtuber Logan Paul created a huge stir online when he released a video of him joking around in Japan’s Suicide Forest. Now, his brother and fellow online sensation, Jake Paul, has stepped into his own controversy, but this time, for his alleged bad offline behavior.
According to Fox News, Jake Paul is being sued by Cobra Acquisitions LLC for $2.5 million because he allegedly trashed a rental property he was staying at in Los Angeles, California.
The rental cost $17,495/month with a security deposit of $40k, according to TMZ, and when Paul moved out in 2017, he allegedly left the place with “burn marks in the pool, dead landscaping, and busted cabinets.”
Paul and his friends rented a multi-million dollar house in a fancy neighborhood in 2016, and the landlord said that he trashed the place making Youtube videos.
“Defendants performed a number of dangerous and damaging stunts at the Subject Property including lighting fires in the backyard, filling the pool with cereal, draining the pool and lighting a fire in the pool, hosting parties at the roof, installing a trampoline on the roof, and making holes in the interior walls of the Subject Property,” said the lawsuit.
Fox News said that “Paul, like his brother Logan, is known for pulling pranks and doing stunts in his videos. The YouTuber has more than 14 million subscribers to his channel.” In the lawsuit, the landlord said that Paul tried to repair the prank Damage himself, even though he did not receive permission to do any remodeling.
The lawsuit added that Logan’s videography of the property led to strangers constantly visiting, and this caused further “extensive damage,” the plaintiffs said. Furthermore, Logan allegedly had guests coming in and out of the property at an alarming enough rate that the neighbors contacted the owners to complain.
Paul’s representative told TMZ that the landlord knew about Paul’s pranks and that the damage was “minimal.”
“There’s no allegation regarding the actual amount of damages other than the request for punitive damages,” Paul’s rep said. “That’s because the damages were minimal compared to the amount they’re asking. They say they want punitive damages because they say they didn’t know Jake would use the house for his pranks, but the original lease states it’s for Jake’s personal use.”
Paul’s rep added that the owner’s new that Paul was a prankster and instead of evicting him, they raised his rent, which proves they were aware of his hijinks.
“After more than a year, when they presumably would have known all about the pranks, instead of asking him to leave they raised the rent and increased the security deposit. Something doesn’t add up,” the rep said.
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