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Controversial ‘manosphere’ guru Andrew Tate was handcuffed in Romania on Thursday

Former British kickboxer and controversial social media star Andrew Tate was detained in Romania along with his brother Tristan Tate on Thursday. Prosecutors suspect the pair of human trafficking and rape, Reuters reported.

Tate is photographed in handcuffs as he is escorted by Romanian police in Bucharest. The brothers’ lawyer confirmed their arrest to the news agency.

Tate has been described as the voice of the ‘manosphere’, an online community of male influencers often accused of spreading toxic masculinity and false ideas about women. “If you put yourself in the position of being raped, you bear some of the responsibility. I’m not saying it’s okay for you to be raped.” Tate tweeted in 2017.

The former kickboxer was banned from YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram in 2022 for violating community guidelines. He was reinstated on Twitter after Elon Musk took over the company this year.

According to some reports, a video Tate made criticizing Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg helped police locate him. In a clip posted on Wednesday, Tate appears eating pizza purchased at the Romanian restaurant chain Jerry’s Pizza, with its name visible on the box.

“This is what happens when you don’t recycle your pizza box,” Thunberg tweeted after news of Tate’s troubles broke.

Romania’s law enforcement agency DIICOT said on its website on Thursday that two Britons and two Romanian nationals had been detained on suspicion of forming an organized crime group, human trafficking and rape. prostitution. Without mentioning Tate by name, the agency said prosecutors had ordered the detention of four people for 24 hours.

Authorities say the suspects tricked the women into believing they wanted to have sex with them. The victims were then held at properties outside Bucharest, where they were physically and psychologically abused. They did “forced to engage in obscene acts with the goal of producing and disseminating such material on social media platforms,” alleged DIICOT. It added that six victims have been identified so far.

According to Libertatea, in April, Romanian police discovered two young women in Tate’s villa. The women claimed that Tate and his brother had kept them against their will. The newspaper said police questioned Tate at the time and released him, but the investigation continues.

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