Officers in Puerto Rico are reportedly investigating an incident involving YouTube star Jake Paul, after he was seen in a now-deleted video driving in a car on a seashore that’s a nesting space for turtles this time of 12 months, the New York Post reported.
“I’ve ordered an investigation to find out the circumstances surrounding the usage of two motor automobiles on seashores which can be offered to be in Puerto Rico,” secretary of pure and environmental assets Rafael Marchargo mentioned in a statement (h/t TMZ). “Some media have revealed right now a video of the influencer Jake Paul in a motorcar on the seashore, an exercise that’s prohibited, aside from regulation enforcement companies.
“Though the video doesn’t set up the place or when it was carried out, the DNER reminds residents that any such exercise is prohibited by regulation to guard the setting and the species that may nest or dwell on the seashores. Those that violate the regulation face fines and different penalties, if relevant.”
The back-and-forth between social media influencers looking for the right outside photograph or video, and environmentalists who fret that the quantity of consideration isn’t good for the pure world has gone on for years. Some in style vacationer spots have tried to persuade influencers not to geotag their photos, lest followers attempt to recreate their pictures and trample fragile ecosystems.
That doesn’t seem like the case with Paul in Puerto Rico; according to TMZ, Paul wasn’t conscious of the nesting turtles and deliberate to cooperate with authorities.
Paul and his brother Logan, who some media shops reported could have been in one of many automobiles within the video, are well-known for performing rule-defying stunts of their movies; Logan was extensively criticized and later apologized for, a video the place he confirmed the physique of a person who had died by suicide. Jake participated within the Chicken Field problem of 2019, strolling round blindfolded for 24 hours whereas on video, which later prompted YouTube to bar creators from displaying “harmful challenges and pranks” of their movies. And final 12 months, police in Scottsdale, Arizona charged Jake Paul with criminal trespass and illegal meeting when he was seen on video at a mall that was looted throughout a wave of protests over the demise of George Floyd. These expenses had been later dropped.