Andrew Tate was detained by a Romanian court late Friday. Tate, a divisive internet personality, was taken into custody on suspicion of human trafficking and rape, as well as forming an organized crime group.
After raiding their homes in Bucharest, the prosecutors of the anti-organized criminal unit stated that Tristan, an ex-professional kickboxer, was detained by the anti-organized crime unit along with two Romanian suspects.
The prosecution then asked the court for an extension of their detention.
Eugen Constantin Vidineac, Tate’s attorney, stated that there was no reason to take the most extreme preventive measures, however, it is up to the judge.
According to the prosecution, Tate brothers were under criminal investigation since April.
The prosecutors stated that the four suspects “appear to have established an organized crime organization with the purpose to recruit, house and exploit women by forcibly creating pornographic material meant to be seen online at a fee,” late Thursday.
They would have gotten significant sums of cash.
Six women were sexually exploited, according to the prosecution.
Tate was born in America and holds U.S. citizenship. According to the U.S. State Department, Tate was informed of this matter. The Foreign Office of the United Kingdom said that it has not been asked for consular assistance in this case.
Tate was well-known for his misogynistic remarks and hate speech. Tate has stated that rape is partly the fault of women and that men are responsible.
He has gained a lot of popularity online through his promotion of a luxurious, ultra-masculine lifestyle via social media. His videos often feature him in exotic vacations, private jets, and expensive sports cars.
Although he was banned by many social media platforms for his remarks, his Twitter account was reinstated in November when Elon Musk took control of the site. Tate stated in one tweet that he had returned to Twitter to inform Musk of his “legendary” status.
Greta Thunberg, a climate activist, told Tate via Twitter that he had 33 vehicles with “enormous emissions” this week.
Tate responded on Wednesday by posting a video where he asks someone out of the camera to deliver him pizza and make sure that the boxes are “not recycled.”
Thunberg joked on Twitter, “This is what happens when your pizza boxes aren’t recycled.”
The representative of anti-organized criminal unit said that Tate was not arrested because of his pizza boxes.
Tate is a former contestant in the UK’s reality TV show Big Brother. Tate runs the “Hustler’s University”, which has over 160,000 subscribers who subscribe to information about investing, cryptocurrency, and business.