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Divisive social media star Andrew Tate detained in Romania


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BUCHAREST, Romania — Andrew Tate, a divisive social media figure and former professional kickboxer, was detained in Romania late Thursday on charges of human trafficking and rape, according to reports. of the local media.

Tate, an Anglo-American citizen who was previously banned on various social media platforms for expressing misogynistic views and hate speech, is said to have been detained with him. Tristan in the Ilfov region north of the Romanian capital Bucharest.

Romania’s organized crime agency said in a late statement that four suspects, including two British nationals and two Romanian nationals, had been arrested on charges of being part of an organized crime group. human trafficking and rape.

DIICOT said British nationals had recruited women who suffered “physical violence and emotional coercion”, were sexually exploited by group members and forced to perform in pornography. to obtain “significant financial benefits”.

The statement did not name the Tate brothers. Photos published by Romanian media show Tate being led away by masked law enforcement officers in handcuffs.

DIICOT said it had identified six people sexually exploited by an organized crime group and five homes were raided on Thursday. The suspects were detained for 24 hours.

Earlier this week, Tate posted a video on Twitter about a mountainous region of Romania, the Eastern European country where he is said to have lived for the past five years.

Tate this week was also embroiled in a war of words with 19-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg after he shared a photo of himself standing next to a Bugatti on Twitter boasting that he owns 33 cars.

Video from the police raid accompanied by a statement from the organized crime agency showed several blurred sports cars, stacks of cash and a handgun.

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