Andrew Tate Detained in Romania Over Human Trafficking Cash

Andrew Tate Detained in Romania Over Human Trafficking Cash
Andrew Tate Detained in Romania Over Human Trafficking Cash

Controversial online influencer Andrew Tate has been arrested in Romania as part of an investigation into human trafficking and rape.

The home of Mr Tate, who was arrested with his brother Tristan, was searched in the capital Bucharest.

An attorney for the brothers confirmed their detention, Reuters said.

The former kickboxer shot to prominence in 2016 when he was kicked off the British TV show Big Brother for a video in which he appears to have assaulted a woman.

She became famous online, Twitter banned her for saying women should be “responsible” for sexual harassment. Since then it has been restored.

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“The four suspects… appear to have created an organized crime group to recruit, harbor and exploit women by forcing them to produce pornographic content for viewing on special websites for a fee,” prosecutors said according to Reuters news agency.

The brothers have been under investigation along with two Romanians since April.

A video widely circulated on social media shows Mr Tate and his brother being taken away from a luxury home.

The Romanian Directorate for the Investigation of Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) issued a statement but did not name the Tate brothers and said the two British nationals and two Romanian nationals were suspected of being part of a criminal group focused on human trafficking.

He also released a video of the attack showing guns, knives and money in a room.

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Mr Tate moved to Romania five years ago.

Before becoming world famous, Mr Tate – a US-born British national – fought professionally as a kickboxer and won world titles.

He entered the Big Brother home in 2016 but was immediately kicked out after a video of him hitting a woman with a belt went viral.

At the time of his departure from the event, Mr Tate said the video had been edited and called it a “complete lie trying to make me look bad”.

She became famous online, Twitter banned her for saying women should be “responsible” for sexual harassment.

Mr Tate was banned from other social media platforms including YouTube, Facebook and Instagram, with TikTok also removing it, saying “misogyny is a hateful ideology that will not be tolerated”.

Her posts on other online sites promoting misogyny and targeting women have been viewed millions of times. BBC social media and disinformation correspondent Marianne Spring said earlier this year that her content “has raised concerns about the potential impact on the real world”.

Along with former US President Donald Trump, he was recently allowed to access Twitter again after Elon Musk took over.

On Wednesday, Mr Tate engaged in a war of words on Twitter with climate activist Greta Thunberg.

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