A Romanian court has suspended the 30-day arrest of masculinity influencer Andrew Tate and his brother Tristan on allegations of human trafficking and rape, according to multiple media.
Romanian authorities arrested Tate, his brother and two Romanian nationals on December 29. The group has been accused of leading “an organized criminal group”, according to the BBC. The 30-day arrests were suspended by a Romanian court on Tuesday when the court dismissed the individuals’ appeals.
Controversial influencer Andrew Tate loses appeal against 30-day detention in Romania, after arrest over human trafficking allegations https://t.co/zKbXSPE1h7
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The judge dismissed Tate’s appeal because of the possibility that the group could “leave Romania and move to countries that do not allow extradition”, according to the Associated Press (AP). Andrew and Tristan Tate were initially arrested for 24 hours before a judge granted prosecutors’ request to extend their arrest for another 30 days, AP reported. (RELATED: ‘Oppressed by Feminists’: Some Taliban supporters appear to have spoken out against Andrew Tate’s arrest)
“The victims were recruited by British citizens by misrepresenting their intention to enter into a marriage/cohabitation relationship and the existence of genuine feelings of love (the lover’s method),” Romanian authorities said on December 29, according to the New York Post (NYP). The victims were said to have been placed under “constant surveillance” and “sexually exploited”, the newspaper reported, citing unnamed Romanian authorities.
Andrew Tate is a former British-American kickboxing champion who has reportedly lived in Romania since 2017. He rose to prominence online for giving advice on masculinity and spouting misogynistic rhetoric before being banned from numerous media platforms popular social.
Tate first gained notoriety when he was removed from the UK version of reality TV show ‘Big Brother’ over previous racist and homophobic tweets, as well as a video allegedly showing Tate punching a woman with a belt, according to the NYP. Tate reportedly built a business empire primarily through its “Hustler’s University” consulting program, which reportedly has 168,000 members paying $49.99/month.
Tate frequently flaunts her vast wealth and lavish lifestyle in her social media content. Romanian authorities have seized 15 luxury cars, including at least seven belonging to the Tate brothers, and 10 properties allegedly belonging to companies affiliated with the Tate brothers, AP reported.
Twitter CEO Elon Musk recently cleared Tate back on the platform, after which the latter went viral for a spat with progressive climate activist Greta Thunberg shortly before his arrest. Tate has 4.5 million Twitter followers and has continued to tweet since his arrest.