Sun. Apr 2nd, 2023

Andrew Tate, a controversial social media star, has been arrested in Romania on suspicion of human trafficking and rape.

Tate's home in Bucharest, the capital, was searched, and he and his brother Tristan were taken into custody.
A police representative who talked with the BBC confirmed the arrests.

The former kickboxer rose to prominence in 2016 after being booted from the British TV show Big Brother due to a video that appeared to show him assaulting a lady.

Because of his controversial views that women should "bear responsibility" for sexual assault, Twitter eventually banned him from the platform, catapulting his popularity online. Since then, he's been brought back into good standing.

He became well-known, especially among young men, for promoting a very masculine and luxurious way of life, which got him kicked off of many social media sites.

In several videos, he showed off his expensive cars, private planes, and expensive vacations.

The Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) told the BBC that prosecutors had requested to keep the influencer in a "detention centre" for another 30 days.

The judge's decision is expected on Friday afternoon, the spokeswoman added. Since April, the brothers and two Romanian nationals have been the subject of an inquiry.

According to DIICOT, the four suspects "appear to have created an organised crime group with the purpose of recruiting, housing, and exploiting women by forcing them to create pornographic content meant to be seen on specialised websites for a cost."

Tate and his brother were seen being escorted out of a mansion in a viral video shared online.  

According to the Daily Mirror, a representative for Tate said he was unable to comment on the arrest. "However, Andrew and Tristan Tate have the utmost respect for the Romanian authorities and will always assist and help in any way they can," he continued.

Thereafter, Andrew Tate, who often makes references to the 1999 film The Matrix, tweeted a quote from the film.

"The Matrix sent their agents," according to the post. Matrix-related tweets from Twitter CEO Elon Musk were also retweeted from this account.

Outside the Bucharest offices of the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism, Andrew and Tristan Tate are led by police officials (DIICOT).


In the Romanian capital, Andrew Tate's home was searched, and he and his brother Tristan were arrested.
The Romanian Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism said in a statement on Thursday night, without naming the Tate brothers by name, that two British citizens and two Romanian citizens were being looked into for possible involvement in a human trafficking ring.

According to the statement, authorities have located six victims alleged to have been "sexually exploited" at the hands of a "organised criminal organisation."

Police claimed the British nationals used "the loverboy method" to "recruit" the victims by pretending they were interested in starting a relationship when they weren't.

The statement claims that the victims were threatened with physical harm unless they participated in pornographic material.

A video of the police raid was also made public, showing weapons, cash, and valuables all laid out in one room.

Tate has been living in Romania for the last five years. Authorities were reportedly alerted to Tate's presence in the country after he made a video attacking environmental activist Greta Thunberg.

Some viewers said he accidentally gave away his location since he was given a pizza box from a nearby eatery in the video he uploaded.

On the other hand, the pizza box is not considered to be significant.

Tate, 36, sparked off the conflict with the activist, 19, when he boasted online about the "enormous emissions" caused by his collection of automobiles in a post earlier this week.

After his arrest, she addressed the internet rumour by tweeting, "this is what happens when you don't recycle your pizza boxes."

Andrew Tate being arrested

Tate, a British citizen who was born in the United States, won world championships as a professional kickboxer before he became a household name throughout the globe.

He rose to fame after joining the Big Brother house in 2016, but was kicked out when a video surfaced showing him striking a lady with a belt.

Tate claimed the video was manipulated, calling it "a total lie trying to make me look bad" at the time of his expulsion.

According to TikTok, "misogyny is a hateful ideology that is not tolerated," therefore the service removed Mr. Tate's account along with those from YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram.

He had been banned from Twitter, but once Elon Musk took control, he was reinstated.

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