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His 21st birthday party did not go over well with neighbors.
For his 21st birthday last January, Jake Paul traveled to Aspen, Colorado, with a bunch of his friends and Team 10 members to celebrate. It might turn out to be a costly party.
On Wednesday, a judge ruled that Team 10—Paul’s social media incubator group—could be sued for the alleged destruction of the house where they stayed, according to the Aspen Daily News. The house is owned by venture capitalist Isabelle Freidheim, and it’s apparently worth $10 million.
The vlog celebrating his birthday is still on Paul’s channel—it’s been viewed nearly 3 million times, though Freidheim’s attorney said that all the videos from that trip have accumulated 44 million views—and it shows him riding ATVs on the property outside.
According to the lawsuit, Team 10 rented the house for 11 days for $61,000, but the rental agreement stated that home could not be used for commercial purposes and that the “defendant was also prohibited from using the home for any disorderly conduct or in a manner that created excessive or unreasonable noise or nuisance.”
The lawsuit also accused Paul and his friends of riding their ATVs over Freidheim’s tennis court, the neighbors’ property, and “protected open fields throughout the … high-end, exclusive residential neighborhood.”
Originally, Freidheim sued Team 10 talent manager Krista Burditt, who allegedly said she was renting the property for residential use. But last month, Freidheim’s lawyers amended the lawsuit to include Team 10.
“Defendant’s leasing of the home was actually for Team 10 and to further her and Team 10’s commercial endeavors,” the lawsuit said.
On Wednesday, a judge ruled that Team 10 could be added to the lawsuit.
According to Burditt’s attorneys, “While Team 10 members were present for the birthday party, they were not there as ‘Team 10 members.’ Rather, they were simply there to celebrate their friend. Neither Ms. Burditt nor Team 10 posted any videos of the birthday party or of the property. The social media accounts to which the videos were posted—even those videos posted by Team 10 members—were personal accounts belonging to individuals.”
The defense also said the plaintiff previously knew Burditt’s role with Team 10.
On the recently released Forbes list of top-earning YouTubers, Paul was No. 2 with a haul of $21.5 million this year. Earlier this year, Paul was sued for $2.5 million for allegedly trashing another rental home.
Josh Katzowitz is a staff writer at the Daily Dot specializing in YouTube and boxing. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. A longtime sports writer, he's covered the NFL for CBSSports.com and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.