Andrew Tate, a controversial media personality and former professional kickboxer, has reportedly been arrested by anti-terrorism authorities in Romania. According to Romanian newspaper Libertea, he was detained along with his brother, Tristan Tate, on suspicion of forming an organized crime group that exploited girls for adult videos.
Andrew and Tristan Tate are reportedly being investigated for human trafficking and rape and will be taken to DIICOT (Directorate for the Investigation of Organized Crime and Terrorism) for questioning. DIICOT in a statement confirmed the raid but did not name the suspects. Lawyers for the brothers confirmed to Reuters that they had been detained.
A criminal file has been opened against the British brothers. A former policewoman was also searched and questioned for her alleged involvement in the case, according to Romanian news channel Antenna 3 CNN.
Romanian prosecutors reportedly believe the Tatras are recruiting and exploiting women to create pornographic clips, which they will distribute through sites like OnlyFans for profit.
In April, Romanian authorities found two young women (one of whom has American citizenship) at a villa in Voluntari, who claimed they had been forcibly detained by their aunts. The brothers were interrogated for five hours at DIICOT and then released, but the interrogation continued, according to Liberatea.
Earlier this week, Andrew Tate tagged 19-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg in a tweet, bragging about his 33 cars. “Please provide your email address so I can send a complete list of my car collection and their respective massive emissions,” he wrote, to which Thunberg replied, “Yes, please enlighten me. Email me at email@example.com Do.”
The tweet quickly went viral Most liked tweet of all timeWith almost 3 million likes.
On Wednesday, Tate gave a response to Thunberg videowhere he eats pizza from a box labeled “Jerry’s Pizza”, a Romanian restaurant chain.
Tate rose to fame in 2016 as a guest on the British reality show “Big Brother”, on which she drew criticism for homophobic and racist comments she made on Twitter. He was kicked out of the series after a video showed him hitting a woman with a belt. Both Tate and the woman said the actions were consensual.
Elon Musk lifted Tate’s Twitter ban a month ago.
The Tate brothers started a webcam business where they sold “fake sob stories” to male callers. Andrew claimed to have made millions of dollars from the operation, which he later admitted was a “complete scam”.