Controversial internet personality Andrew Tate and his brother detained in Romania – CNN

Controversial internet personality Andrew Tate and his brother detained in Romania - CNN


Controversial internet personality Andrew Tate and his brother were detained in Romania on Thursday, their lawyer said.

Authorities in Romania said police issued search warrants in five homes and detained four suspects, including two Britons and two Romanians, as part of an investigation into organized trafficking and rape. They did not name the detainees.

An attorney for Andrew and Tristan Tate told CNN the brothers are expected to appear in court later Friday. He stressed that Andrew Tate had not been arrested. “He was not arrested. He was held for 24 hours,” said the lawyer, Eugen Vidineac.

The lawyer did not comment on the allegations.

Romania’s Directorate for the Investigation of Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) has released an edited, grainy, sometimes blurry video that allegedly shows the raids. A man is seen being beaten by the police. It is not clear from the video who is being held.

In a separate video broadcast by CNN affiliate Antena 3, DIICOT officers can be seen escorting Andrew Tate and his brother Tristan Tate into police vehicles.

On Friday, Andrew Tate tweeted from his verified account, “The Matrix sent their agents.”

The DIICOT alleged that the four unnamed suspects formed an organized crime group stretching from Romania to Britain and the United States, whose purpose is to commit human trafficking.

Authorities allege that two of the suspects misled the victims “into believing they were planning to enter into a marriage/cohabitation relationship” while transporting the victims to Romania and later sexually exploiting them with physical force and coercion.

Authorities also said one of the suspects raped a victim on two separate occasions in March 2022. At least six victims were said to have been “sexually exploited by the organized crime group,” the DIICOT statement said.

The four suspects would be held for 24 hours after questioning, DIICOT said on Thursday.

A former professional kickboxer, Tate is known for his online viral tirades about male domination, female submission and wealth. He openly advocates violence against women and was previously banned from every major social media platform until Elon Musk restored his Twitter account after taking over the company.

He gained a lot of notoriety earlier this year, with many adults, including educators, raising the alarm about his misogynistic ideas taking root in the minds of countless young boys. Before it was taken down, his TikTok account was viewed about 11.6 billion times.

He made headlines this week for a Twitter interaction with Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, who told Tate to find a life after tweeting about his numerous cars “and their respective massive emissions.”

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