A Romanian court has stayed the 30-day arrest of masculinity influencer Andrew Tate and his brother Tristan on allegations of human trafficking and rape, according to multiple media outlets.
Romanian authorities arrested Tate, his brother and two Romanian nationals on December 29. The group has been accused of running “an organized crime group”, according to the BBC. The 30-day arrest was halted before a Romanian court on Tuesday when the court dismissed the people’s appeals.
Controversial influencer Andrew Tate loses appeal against 30-day jail in Romania after being arrested on allegations of human trafficking https://t.co/zKbXSPE1h7
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The judge dismissed Tate’s appeal over the possibility that the group could “leave Romania and settle in countries that do not allow extradition,” according to the Associated Press (AP). Andrew and Tristan Tate were originally detained for 24 hours before a judge granted prosecutors’ request to extend their detention by 30 days, the AP reported. (RELATED: ‘Oppressed by feminists’: It appears some Taliban supporters have denounced Andrew Tate’s arrest)
“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-boy method),” Romanian authorities said on December 29, according to the New York Mail (NYP). The victims were said to have been “constantly monitored” and “sexually exploited,” the outlet said, citing unnamed Romanian authorities.
Andrew Tate is a British-American former kickboxing champion who has reportedly been based in Romania since 2017. He rose to prominence online for giving advice on masculinity and conveying misogynist rhetoric before being banned from many popular social media platforms.
Tate first rose to prominence when he was removed from the UK version of reality TV show “Big Brother” for previous racist and homophobic tweets, as well as a video allegedly showing Tate hitting a woman with a belt, according to the NYP. Tate reportedly built a business empire primarily through his Hustler’s University counseling program, which reportedly has 168,000 members paying $49.99/month.
Tate frequently flaunts his vast wealth and lavish lifestyle in his social media content. Romanian authorities have seized 15 luxury cars, at least seven of which belong to the Tate brothers, and 10 properties said to belong to the Tate brothers’ subsidiaries, AP reported.
Twitter CEO Elon Musk recently allowed Tate to return to the platform, after which the latter went viral for a falling out 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.