Jake Paul Sued for Damaging Man’s Hearing in Prank Gone Wrong
Jake Paul narrowly escaped a serious problem with his neighbors in the past, but that doesn’t mean he’s avoiding legal trouble all together. TMZ reports that the 20-year-old is being sued by a man who fell victim to one of his many pranks.
According to a lawsuit filed by a mystery plaintiff, the YouTuber damaged his hearing when he drove his car down a West Hollywood street and blared his extremely loud horn at a group of unsuspecting pedestrians. The man says the moment Jake and his friends pulled this prank in order to get the people’s “funny” reactions was caught on camera and made it into a YouTube video.
In the vid, JP admits that he installed a “giant horn” in his truck that was extremely loud. After he showed his friends the new addition, he and a few guys went out around Los Angeles to “test it out” and “scare some people.”
The man is seeking an undisclosed amount of money in damages for the emotional distress and physical injury he suffered because of Jake’s actions.
This isn’t the first time the former Disney Channel star‘s actions have caused someone harm, however. According to a man who lived in the same neighborhood as the Team 10 house, Jake once almost killed an elderly neighbor when he lit things on fire in his back yard for basically no reason at all.
“The neighbor next door [is probably] the one who has probably been through the most and suffered the most,” he explained. “She…nearly died from smoke inhalation from the fire. For some strange reason they get their kicks off on doing sh*t to an old lady.”
Can’t say we didn’t see this one coming!
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In 2014, the beauty vlogger was accused of illegally using Ulta Records' artists' music in her videos and got sued for Copyright Infringement. According to the company, Michelle used their artists’ tracks in the background of her tutorials without properly acquiring the licenses needed to use them. The 29 year old then filed a counterclaim against the record company saying she had spoken with a representative at the company and they agreed to let her use the music. By August 2015, the vlogger and the music mogul had settled out of court, but the information surrounding that decision has not been released.
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