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Andrew Tate detained, charged in human trafficking investigation



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Andrew Tate – former kickboxing champion, internet personality and self-described misogynist — was detained in Romania with his brother, Tristan, and charged with human trafficking and organized crime, a spokesman for the prosecutor’s office told The Washington Post.

An organized crime unit in Romania is seeking a judge’s permission to detain Tate, his brother and two Romanian suspects for up to 30 days. Thursday’s arrest warrant for the four suspects is valid for up to 24 hours. One person was also charged with rape, but the spokesperson did not name the person, citing local law.

The Tate brothers are scheduled to appear in court in Bucharest. Prosecutors are seeking to bring the suspects to trial, who, if convicted, could face years in prison.

“No matter what the judge decides [on the longer detention]we will take more action in investigating this crime,” said Ramona Bolla, a spokeswoman for the Department of Organized Crime and Terrorism, or DIICOT, in a phone interview.

Romanian prosecutor said in a statement on Thursday that they have identified six alleged victims of sexual abuse in the Ilfov district, which surrounds the capital Bucharest.

Authorities allege that the victims were coerced into engaging in pornography for social media distribution and that one of the suspects twice raped a victim in March 2022. did not name the Tate brothers and did not specify which suspects were accused of rape. accused victims of facing “acts of physical violence and mental coercion.”

Andrew Tate, who was born in the United States and is also a British citizen, previously said he lives in Romania. Bolla confirmed that Tate was in the country legally and said the investigation began in April, after the US embassy called Romanian authorities with information that a US citizen was being detained. against their will at a house in Ilfov. The embassy in Bucharest did not immediately respond to inquiries early Friday.

Police said the four suspects organized a group in early 2021 conspiring to commit human trafficking not only in Romania but also in the United States and Britain. Trafficking in Romania can be punishable by 3 to 10 years. For rape, the punishment can range from 5 to 10 years.

Police previously reported a search of two properties in April in the Ilfov . district, seized property related to the case. Police said Tates’ arrest came after police executed five warrants to search the home. Bolla said the alleged American victim is no longer in the country. The other five victims were Romanian and Moldovan.

A spokesman for the brothers declined to comment on whether they were in custody. A spokesman said: “Andrew and Tristan Tate have the utmost respect for the Romanian government and will always support and help in any way they can. Tate’s talent agent said in an email that the human trafficking allegations were “a hoax orchestrated by the matrix.” An attorney for Tates could not be immediately identified.

A tweet on Andrew Tate’s Twitter account early Friday speak: “The Matrix has sent their agent.”

The photos show Tate being escorted by masked law enforcement officers in his arms near DIICOT headquarters on Thursday.

In a deleted YouTube video reposted on Reddit, Tate said “40 percent” of the reason he moved to the country was because he believed sexual assaults were less likely to be investigated there.

Tate has been banned from some social media sites – including TikTok, Facebook and Instagram – after posting false comments about women. Tate’s Twitter account has been restored after Elon Musk took over the company. Tate tweeted that those who were raped “take some responsibility” and argued that women are the property of their husbands. His fans call him the “king of toxic masculinity”.

In 2016, he was dropped from the UK version of the reality TV show “Big Brother” after a video emerged showing him hitting a woman with a belt. (Tate said what happened was by consensus.)

His arrest came shortly after he tweeted about climate activist Greta Thunberg boasting about 33 cars and his “huge emissions”. thunberg tell him to get a life.

Speculation swirled Thursday night that Romanian authorities might be able to locate Tate after he posted a video in response to Thunberg containing a pizza box from a local location that revealed his location. he. Bolla denied this played a role in its detention or timing. “It was a tough job to gather all the evidence” in the months-long investigation, Bolla said.

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