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Andrew Tate loses asset freeze appeal in human trafficking probe

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Andrew Tate has lost an appeal by Romanian authorities to confiscate his assets, including luxury cars and property, due to an investigation into human trafficking and rape allegations.

Tate, a former champion kickboxer, internet entrepreneur and self-proclaimed misogynist, was arrested on December 29 in Bucharest along with his brother Tristan. On Tuesday, a Romanian court upheld a judge’s ruling to extend Tates’ detention from 24 hours to 30 days. Romanian prosecutors are reportedly investigating Tates for allegedly recruiting and detaining women to make pornographic videos distributed through sites like Olifance.

At a hearing Wednesday, Tate lost an appeal that sought to block prosecutors from seizing his assets, according to the Romanian anti-organized crime agency’s Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT), the Associated Press reported. The court “decided that the forfeiture was valid and [that] The products are at our disposal,” DIICOT spokesperson Ramona Bolla said.

Romanian prosecutors investigating the Tates have so far seized 15 luxury cars and more than 10 properties and land owned by companies registered to the brothers, according to DIICOT. If prosecutors can prove that Tates obtained money through human trafficking, the assets “could be used to pay for the costs of the investigation and to compensate victims,” ​​the AP report quoted the agency as saying.

After Tuesday’s ruling, prosecutors can now request up to 180 days in detention for Tates, as well as two Romanian women charged in the investigation. Regarding the appeals court’s rejection of the brothers’ 30-day arrest, Eugen Vidinac, a lawyer representing the Tates, said in a statement to the Romanian news publication Gandul, “I am very disappointed. The measure seems excessive to me.

Tate rose to fame in 2016 as a guest on the British reality show “Big Brother”. He came under fire for homophobic and racist comments he made on Twitter, which got him banned in 2017. Elon Musk, who bought Twitter in a $44 billion deal, in November restored Tate’s Twitter account — which has 4.5 million followers — along with thousands of others that had been banned.

Andrew and Tristan Tate were arrested two days after Andrew tried to troll climate activist Greta Thunberg with a tweet boasting about his fleet of 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 smalldickenergy@getalife.com do.” Tate later called Thunberg a video posted on Twitter, where he was eating pizza from a box labeled “Jerry’s Pizza” from the Romanian restaurant chain. A DIICOT spokesperson has shot down a viral rumor that authorities found Andrew Tate based on the pizza video.

Last summer, Tate was banned by several major internet services, including Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, TikTok and Twitch, for violating their policies against hate speech. In an interview on Fox Nation’s “Tucker Carlson Today,” Tate claimed that tech platforms booted her because of her “traditional masculine values.”

“[I]If you put yourself in a position to be raped, you must evacuate [sic] Some responsibility,” Tate tweeted in 2017. “I’m not saying it’s okay that you raped. No woman should be abused regardless. However, with sexual assault they want to place zero blame on the victim.”

Pictured above: Andrew Tate (L.) and Tristan Tate leave the Bucharest Court of Appeal on January 10 after hearing their appeal against the decision to arrest them for 30 days.

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