YouTube star Jake Paul denied participating in the looting of a Arizona shopping center on Saturday evening.
The video appeared on Sunday of Paul standing in a looted mall in Scottsdale.
Paul, who has 20 million subscribers to his YouTube channel, said he was protesting the police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis earlier this week.
Floyd, 46, died after being arrested by four police officers, one of whom was kneeling on the neck. Protests spread to the United States this weekend, and many became violent in the face of the police and the National Guard.
Paul, 23, could be seen wearing a mask and filming the looting of the Scottsdale Mall.
"To be perfectly clear, neither I nor anyone in our group is involved in looting or acts of vandalism," said Paul statement posted on Twitter.
He added in an Instagram story that the police gassed him and his companions during the protests.
Paul said, "I do not tolerate violence, looting or breaking the law. However, I understand the anger and frustration that led to the destruction we have witnessed, and while this is not the answer, it is important that people see it and collectively discover how to move forward in a healthy way. "
Paul, whose brother Logan is also Youtube star, has been involved in a number of controversies.
In 2018, he was filmed use the N-word when rapping. He has also been charged with anti-social behavior and has been the subject of several noise complaints after moving into a house in West Hollywood.
After being sued by its owners, he moved to another neighborhood in Los Angeles.