Controversial social media figure Andrew Tate has been arrested on the charges human trafficking, rape and forming an organised crime group that exploits women for pornographic videos.
His brother Tristan Tate was also among those detained during a raid conducted at their properties in Bucharest, the Romanian capital, by the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism for questioning.
According to prosecutors, the Tate brothers have been under criminal investigation since April. Both the accused individuals have declined to comment, but their lawyer has confirmed that they are currently detained.
“The four suspects appear to have created an organised crime group with the purpose of recruiting, housing and exploiting women by forcing them to create pornographic content meant to be seen on specialised websites for a cost. They would have gained significant sums of money,” the prosecutors said.
Prosecutors also revealed to the aforementioned publication that they had found six women who had been sexually exploited by the suspects.
Earlier, The Guardian reported that Tate was also under investigation by the UK police for abuse allegations and had left the country to “evade rape charges.”
But it was a video that may have led to his arrest despite being deleted soon. Andrew admitted that his move to Romania was to maintain his freedom. He said, “I’m not a rapist, but I like the idea of just being able to do what I want. I like being free.”
Earlier this week, the British national took a jibe at the popular climate activist Greta Thunberg on Twitter by uploading a picture of himself at a gas station stating that he owned 33 cars with “enormous emissions.”
In response, Thunberg quipped, “Yes, please do enlighten me” before asking Tate to email her at the made-up address we’ve censored.”
Andrew then put up a video of him smoking a cigar and mocking Thunberg’s made-up email address. “Thank you for confirming via your email address that you have a small penis, Greta Thunberg,” he wrote in the caption. “The world was curious. And I do agree you should get a life.”
Who is Andrew Tate?
He is an American-British social media personality, businessman and a former professional kickboxer. Following his kickboxing career, he began offering paid courses and memberships through his website and later rose to fame as an Internet celebrity. His misogynistic commentary has resulted in his suspension from several social media platforms.