Controversial influencer Andrew Tate has been accused of rape, human trafficking, and organizing a gang to molest women in Romania.
Additionally charged are his brother Tristan and two accomplices. All of them have refuted the claims.
In December, the Tate brothers were initially detained at their residence in Bucharest.
They were placed under house arrest in March as a result of a Romanian judge’s decision.
The four defendants allegedly created an organized criminal association in 2021 to engage in people trafficking not only in Romania but also in the US and the UK, according to the accusation filed with the Bucharest court.
It lists seven claimed victims who it claims were enlisted by the Tate brothers on the basis of fabricated claims of love and wedlock.
According to a statement from Romanian authorities, the accused victims were later transferred to premises in the Romanian county of Ilfov where they were intimidated, subjected to continuous supervision and surveillance, and coerced into debt.
The women were reportedly made to participate in pornography by the accused, which was subsequently posted on social media.
According to the statement, one suspect is accused of raping a woman twice in March 2022.
The trial won’t begin right away and is anticipated to last several years.
Currently, a Romanian court needs 60 days to review the case files before the matter may be tried.
While the Tate brothers’ PR team acknowledged that the news was inevitable, they said: “We embrace the opportunity it presents to prove their innocence and restore their reputation.”
The indictment, it continued, “allows us to present a comprehensive body of evidence, diligently collected and prepared over time, which will unquestionably substantiate the brothers’ claims of innocence.”
Additionally, related allegations of money laundering and trafficking in minors are currently being investigated and may result in a new indictment.
Former kickboxer and British-American Andrew Tate was fired from the British television program Big Brother in 2016 when a video surfaced that purported to show him assaulting a woman.
As a result of his comments that women should “bear some responsibility” for being sexually attacked, he later gained prominence online and was banned from Twitter. He was later given a second chance.
Despite social media bans, he became well-liked, especially among young males, by promoting what he portrayed as an extremely opulent and hyper-masculine lifestyle.
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