Andrew Tate, the controversial former kickboxer turned social media influencer, and his brother Tristan have misplaced their enchantment and can stay in detention in Romania on allegations of human trafficking and rape, CNN affiliate Antena 3 reported Wednesday.
The brothers will stay within the custody of Bucharest Police till February 27, Antena 3 reported. The court docket’s determination is ultimate.
Romanian police raided 5 properties and arrested the brothers and two different suspects on December 30.
They allege the suspects had shaped an organized felony group that stretched from Romania to Britain and the USA, for the aim of human trafficking.
The authorities allege that two of the suspects misled victims “into believing that they supposed to enter into a wedding/cohabitation relationship” whereas transporting them to Romania and later sexually exploiting them with bodily violence and coercion.
Authorities additionally allege that one of many suspects raped a sufferer on two separate events in March 2022. At the least six victims have been allegedly “sexually exploited by the organized felony group,” in line with an announcement by Romania’s Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT).
On January 25, the brothers protested their innocence after being taken for questioning and having their digital units seized for evaluation.
“There’s no proof in my file as a result of I’ve performed nothing mistaken. All people is aware of I’m harmless, ” Andrew Tate stated. As he was led into DIICOT headquarters, he added: “There isn’t any justice in Romania.”
Ioan Gliga, one of many Tate brothers’ attorneys, advised reporters on the time: “We’re satisfied that the proof is in favor of our purchasers, categorically not in opposition to them.”
Romanian police have searched 12 properties as a part of their investigation, DIICOT stated in mid-January. Romanian authorities have additionally seized roughly 18 million lei ($3,942,700) price of belongings belonging to Andrew Tate, together with motor autos, luxurious watches and sums of cash in a number of completely different currencies, in line with the nation’s Asset Restoration and Administration Company.
Andrew Tate is thought for his viral rants on-line about male dominance, feminine submission and wealth. He brazenly advocates violence in opposition to girls, and had beforehand been banned from each main social media platform till Elon Musk reinstated his Twitter account after taking on the corporate.
He rose in prominence earlier this yr, with many adults together with faculty academics voicing alarm about his misogynistic concepts taking root within the minds of numerous younger boys. Earlier than it was taken down, his TikTok account racked up about 11.6 billion views.