Andrew Tate Arrested in Romania on Charges of Rape and Human Trafficking

Authorities in Romania have verified that controversial online influencer and misogynist Andrew Tate has been arrested on suspicion of human trafficking, rape, and gang organizing.

Along with his brother and two other suspects, the former kickboxer and reality TV personality, barred from social networking sites for hate speech and misogynistic remarks, was taken into custody.

They were detained Thursday night and could remain there for up to 24 hours, according to prosecutors from Romania’s anti-organized crime unit.

Authorities released video of one of the searches, which showed riot police entering a lavish property, and claimed they had searched five properties as part of the probe. Stacks of euro bills and a revolver were visible in footage of confiscated goods at the scene.

In a statement, authorities said two British citizens and two Romanians were accused of forming a gang that recruited victims by “misrepresenting their intention to enter into a marriage/cohabitation relationship and the existence of genuine feelings of love.” Later, the victims were forced to perform pornography “through physical violence and mental coercion.”

According to the authorities, six victims have been so far named. The statement also referred to a different rape accusation in March this year but did not identify which individual was accused of the crime.

Andrew Tate charged with rape and human trafficking in Romania
Andrew Tate charged with rape and human trafficking in Romania

Since police raided the Tate brothers’ mansion in Bucharest in April after receiving information from the US embassy that a 21-year-old American lady was being detained there without her will, the Tate brothers have been the subject of a criminal investigation in Romania. The Tate brothers were interrogated before being freed, but the inquiry was broadened to include claims of rape and human trafficking.

On Friday, Tate posted an apparent reference to his arrest on his recently reinstated Twitter account, writing: “The Matrix sent their agents,” using a term taken from the eponymous blockbuster – whose “red pill” trope has proven popular among misogynistic online groups – for a simulated world that controls humans.

Before the tweet, a spokesperson for Tate told the Daily Mirror he could not provide any details regarding the most recent reports. “However, Andrew and Tristan Tate have the utmost respect for the Romanian authorities and will always assist and help in any way they can.”

For expressing hate speech and misogyny, Tate, whose popularity has skyrocketed over the past year, has been banned from several social networking sites. Domestic violence organizations have characterized Tate’s beliefs as extreme misogyny that could radicalize men to assault women. Tate provides explicit descriptions of abuse against women in several videos.

In 2017, he was expelled from Twitter for saying that sexual assault victims must share some blame. After Elon Musk took over the business in November, his account was restored, and it currently has 3.5 million followers.

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He has been battling Greta Thunberg on Twitter for the past week, trying to insult her by bragging about his extensive collection of emission-heavy vehicles. In his response, Thunberg suggested that Tate had “small-dick energy.”

Tate responded by releasing a two-minute video where he requested pizza and requested that the pizza boxes not be “recycled.”

Thunberg joked on Twitter that “this is what happens when you don’t recycle your pizza boxes” in response to online rumors that the pizza brand displayed in the video-assisted authorities confirming Tate’s presence in Romania.

However, the representative of the anti-organized crime section asserted that Tate’s arrest had not been made due to the pizza boxes.

Tate has promoted a platform on Twitter that he says will allow users to escape “the Matrix” In his video retort to Thunberg, Tate asserted that the “global matrix” was responsible for Thunberg’s statements going viral. To become a member of Tate’s website costs $49.99 (£41.50) a month, which promises to teach users how to “create a significant income quickly” using skills like cryptocurrency investment.

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The Center for Countering Digital Hate, a campaign group, said Tate was using his “attention-seeking, algorithm-gaming content … to promote his latest money-making scheme”.

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