Social media influencer Andrew Tate and his brother were arrested by law enforcement officials in Romania in December and face charges related to allegations of sex-trafficking by at least six women.
According to Romanian news outlet Libertatea, police surrounded the villa where Tate and his brother Tristan were staying and arrested them on charges of kidnapping, international human trafficking and rape.
A representative for Andrew Tate said he could not comment on reports that the 36-year-old social media influencer had been arrested.
“We cannot present any details regarding the reports that they have been arrested; however, Andrew and Tristan Tate have the utmost respect for the Romanian authorities and will always assist and assist in any way possible,“A spokesperson for Andrew Tate told the Daily Mail.
DIICOT said in its press releases, “Prosecutors of the Directorate for the Investigation of Organized Crime and Terrorism – Central Structure together with police officers from the Bucharest Organized Crime Squad executed 5 search warrants. Crimes constituting an organized criminal group, human trafficking and rape.”
Infowars reports that the case is based on alleged WhatsApp messages that implicate the women behind the alleged set-up of Andrew and his brother. Others point to this leaked WhatsApp content Taken out of context.
Andrew Tate is threatening to file a $300 million lawsuit against the accusers.
The New York Post reported:
Controversial influencer Andrew Tate, who is in custody with his brother in Romania, has threatened to prosecute at least one woman who has accused him of rape and human trafficking.
The US law firm representing Tate and his brother Tristan sent a “cease and desist” letter to the unnamed woman’s American lawyer in December, the BBC reported on Saturday.
The letter included a threat to sue the woman and her family for $300 million if she did not withdraw her allegations.
“In April 2022, you falsely told a third party that our client had human trafficked you, abused you and held you against your will. […] You have repeatedly made false and defamatory statements about the Tate brothers to the police, the media and another United States citizen.
The brothers are currently in preventive detention in Romania while police investigate allegations of trafficking and rape. Both deny the claims.