Police have revealed they may charge disgraced YouTuber Logan Paul for his ‘Japanese suicide forest’ video.
Japanese police officers have identified at least four separate misdemeanours in the video and could arrest him if he were to return to the country.
Paul uploaded the video, titled ‘We found a dead body in the Japanese Suicide Forest’, on December 31 to shocked audiences. In it, the vlogger and friends can be seen stood around a suicide victim laughing. It racked up over 6.3 million views before being pulled from the site.
Along with the dead body, Paul’s 15 minute video also shows evidence of public indecency, interference of business operations, multiple traffic violations and destruction of property.
A former detective told The Daily Beast.
He’s left video evidence, on his own YouTube channel.
We haven’t seen such a dumb criminal since those idiots uploaded videos of themselves bullying a convenience store clerk and stealing cigarettes.
Another officer added:
It’s not an issue that you’re Japanese or a foreigner—but that you’re breaking the law. And you’re showing these lawless acts to thousands of people who follow you on YouTube, which sets a bad example.
Even if you did things as a prank, you damaged property, you bothered people, you obstructed the work of innocent people trying to make an honest living, you were rude to many and you were a pain in the ass.
If the hotel wanted to press charges, any police department would follow up on it—and you have uploaded the evidence for them.
Logan Paul issued two apologies, both written and video, in which he claimed to be raising awareness to the serious subject of suicide whilst simultaneously wearing a Toy Story hat.
He wrote at the time:
This is a first for me. I’ve never faced criticism like this before, because I’ve never made a mistake like this before.
I’m surrounded by good people and believe I make good decision, but I’m still a human being. I can be wrong.
I didn’t do it for views. I get views. I did it because I thought I could make a positive ripple on the internet, not cause a monsoon of negativity. That’s never the intention.
I intended to raise awareness for suicide and suicide prevention and while I thought ‘if this video saves just ONE life, it’ll be worth it’, I was misguided by shock and awe, as portrayed in the video. I still am.
I do this sh*t every day. I’ve made a 15 minute TV show EVERY SINGLE DAY for the past 460+ days. One may understand that it’s easy to get caught up in the moment without fully weighing the possible ramifications.
I’m often reminded of how big of a reach I truly have & with great power comes great responsibility… for the first time in my life I’m regretful to say I handled that power incorrectly. It won’t happen again.
I love everyone. I believe in people. I’m out here. Peace.
People have since called for Logan Paul to permanently remove his YouTube account.