Social media influencer Andrew Tate has been arrested in Romania on suspicion of human trafficking, rape and forming an organized crime group, prosecutors have confirmed.
Prosecutors in the country said the 36-year-old British-American and his brother Tristan were arrested in Bucharest and will be held in custody for 24 hours along with two Romanian suspects.
“The four accused appear to have formed an organized crime group with the objective of recruiting, housing and exploiting women and forcing them to create pornographic material intended to be viewed on specialized websites. “
“They must have received significant money.”
The brothers, who have been under criminal investigation since April, declined to comment, but their lawyer confirmed they had been taken into custody.
Tate, a former kickboxer, has been banned from various social media platforms for his abusive views and hate speech.
But he still has a presence on social media – on TikTok, for example, he has been banned from having an account, but content posted under the hashtag Andrew Tate has been viewed billions of times.
He first rose to fame in 2016 after being kicked off reality TV show Big Brother after a video emerged showing him assaulting a woman with a belt – he claimed the clip had been edited. had gone
He has advised rape victims to “take some responsibility” for the assault and has described women as men’s “property”.
He also described how he would violently attack a woman for accusing her of cheating, saying he would “slap her, boom her in the face and grab her by the neck. “.
As a result, there have been concerns about its influence on young people, particularly young men.
Tate has denied harboring abusive views and accused his critics of “twisting the facts”, although he has also described himself as the “king of toxic masculinity”.
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